Global Citizen Disappointed with Politics Around Coldplay Concert

Congress had asked for the Coldplay concert to be postponed. 

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The festival, which is being held here in partnership with Maharashtra government, will have rock band Coldplay performing on 19 November. (Photo courtesy: <a href="">Facebook/Coldplay</a>)

Global Citizen India (GCI) is ‘deeply disappointed’ with Global Citizen Festival getting dragged into politics, after the Coldplay concert was attacked by Congress earlier on Friday. The festival, which is being held here in partnership with Maharashtra government, will have Coldplay performing on November 19.

Congress and NCP today attacked the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government for waiver of entertainment tax and rentals to the GCI's upcoming event. The opposition has also complained to the State Election Commission (SEC) demanding that the event be postponed until after the ongoing civic elections process in the state.

According to GCI the proceeds from the event will be used solely for philanthropic purposes.

In a statement, Global Citizen Festival said,

We are a non-partisan movement making efforts to create long term change and work towards getting India to take on a leadership role in achieving the end of extreme poverty. We are deeply disappointed that this work is being caught in the middle of politics as usual

Furthermore, the organisation said the campaign wants to bring leaders from across the political spectrum together. and mentioned some of the political leaders it has called on. The names include Suresh Prabhu, Chandrababu Naidu, P Vijayan, Vasundhara Raje, Meira Kumar, Jairam Ramesh, Poonam Mahajan and Aditya Thackeray.

Apart from Coldplay the event will see Bollywood stars Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, AR Rahman, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif making appearance.

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