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January 1, 2009

Shahrukh to contest election on Congress ticket!

Filmstar Shahrukh Khan may contest the next election from Mumbai North constituency. Khan, who is considered close to Sonia Gandhi and her family, can fight the election on the Congress ticket.

The Chief of Mumbai Unit of Congress party Kripa Shankar Singh has accepted that there is a possibility that Shahrukh may be give the ticket. Actor Govinda had won the election from the same parliamentary cosntituency in the last election.

However, the voters are unhappy with Govinda, as he hasn't worked in the constituency and hasn't been sighted in public ever since he was elected. Govinda has also been in the midst of several controversies.

Shahrukh, who is nicknamed King Khan, is a popular actor and icon among youths and middle-class. It is not sure whether Khan will accept the offer as he is at the peak of his career in Bollywood. He is considered close to Sonia Gandhi and a family friend of Priyanka-Robert Vadhera.

Though it is premature to say that he would contest, there is a possibility that Congress may expect to win the support of youths by throwing the name of the movie actor.

Film actors haven't had a very sucessful political career in the past except Sunil Dutt and to an extent, Shatrughan Sinha. Though Raj Babbar and Jaya Prada have also been MPs. Among others who failed to make a mark, the most prominent name is Amitabh Bachchan.

TIH Bureau

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