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January 18, 2009

Will support for Sanjay Dutt translate into votes?

Actor Sanjay Dutt received an unprecedented welcome in Lucknow on his arrival in the City on Saturday but the question remains whether this support is real?

Dutt reached Lucknow for the first time after the Samajwadi Party (SP) announced that Munna Bhai would contest the election for the parliament from the Lucknow seat on the party ticket.

The rousing welcome and the huge turnout on the roadsides gave a picture of popular support for Dutt, who has been in thick of controversies, most part of his early life. Now he plunges into politics from the capital of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

As former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee may not contest the election, the Samajwadi Party fancies its chance to wrest Lucknow by fielding a Bollywood filmstar. Indian citizens have often voted for glamour and movie-stars have quite often defeated established politicians in the elections.

Actors like Shatrughan Sinha, Raj Babbar, Govinda, Vinod Khanna, Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Prada and Jaya Bhaduri have been among the stars who have represented various political parties in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the last decade. Sanjay's father late Sunil Dutt was a widely respected Congress leader and now his sister Priya is also a Congress MP.

TIH Bureau



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