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January 14, 2009

Priya Dutt lashes at sister-in-law Manyata

Expressing disapproval over Sanjay Dutt-Manyata's closeness to Samajwadi Party, Sanjay's sister Priya Dutt has said that Manyata was not the daughter-in-law of Dutt household.

Priya who had plunged into politics after the death of her father late Sunil Dutt, today went to the extent of saying that it was good that her father was not alive today to see the turn of events. Priya hasn't accepted Manyata alias Shahnaz Sheikh as her sister-in-law.

Though Priya later downplayed her earlier statement and said that she was 'wrongly interpreted'. Meanwhile, a hoarding in Hazratganj area of Lucknow, makes a veiled attack on the candidature of Sanjay Dutt. A photograph of assault rifle AK 47. The text of the hoarding reads 'Lucknow ir our heaven, We don't want AK forty seven'.

Recently, the Samajwadi Party had announced the candidature of Sanjay Dutt from Lucknow constituency that is represented by former PM and veteran BJP leader Atal Behari Vajpayee. However, as Sanjay is a convict in a case linked to Mumbai blasts, the party later declared that in case of legal hassles, his wife Manyata could be fielded.

However, this raised the heckles of Sanjay's sister Priya who represents Mumbai North West constituency in the Parliament. Already upset over her brother's choice of Manyata as wife, Priya said expressed her disapproval over Sanjay's proximity with SP.

Congress leader Digvijay Singh had recently questioned Manyata's political standing. Subsequently, SP leader Amar Singh had reminded him that she was daughter-in-law of late actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis. Dutt, who later joined Congress and entered politics had married Nargis, a Muslim.

Their son Sanjay has also married a Muslim, Shahnaz alas Dilnasheen, now named Manyata. She was an 'item girl' and couldn't get the lead roles in movies. This is also a cause of rift in the family, as Priya is unhappy with her brother's choice of his wife. For the moment, it seems the controversy over Sanjay-Manyata's political overtures is far from over.

TIH Bureau

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