Actor Sanjay Dutt will contest the Lok Sabha elections this year as a Samajwadi Party candidate from Lucknow, the party announced on Thursday.
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is keen to follow his illustrious father Sunil Dutt and sister Namrata into the realm of politics as the Samajwadi Party on Thursday deciding to field him as its candidate from Lucknow in the Lok Sabha polls. Seems Sanju Baba had gone for introspection & choosen this Path to whitewash his tarnished image or simply following on the footsteps of his Father & Sister?
SP general secretary Amar Singh announced the decision to field 26 other candidates, including party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri. Since Sanjay Dutt was convicted under the Arms Act, the SP would seek the Supreme Court’s permission and the Election Commission’s to field him.
Apparently referring to Bharatiya Janata Party member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu, Singh said, “Like a BJP MP who is a known cricketer was allowed to contest despite being convicted, we too will try our best to field Dutt. If we fail, he would certainly be our star campaigner.
“Since we are an ally of the Congress, and Dutt’s sister Priya is a Congress MP, we hope the Congress will be happy that we are fielding him,” he said. Singh hoped that senior Congress leaders, including Law Minister H R Bhardwaj and Ahmed Patel, would “bless” Dutt. He claimed that Dutt was willing to contest the elections.
The party would field actor Manoj Tiwari from Gorakhpur where he would be pitted against the BJP’s Adityanath who is the heir apparent of the powerful Gorakhnath peeth in the eastern UP city.
The Lucknow seat is represented by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. But with Vajpayee not willing to contest the elections, several parties are trying to wrest the seat from the BJP.
The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh has already announced that Akhilesh Das, former Union minister in the Manmohan Singh government, would be its candidate from Lucknow.
The BJP says it will soon decide on its candidate from Lucknow. Whether the Congress will field someone against Dutt remains to be seen.
People of Mumbai are still repenting the fact that they elected an actor like Govinda who never goes to Parliament and never appeared in Press / Media to express his concerns. Actors like Govinda Made a mockery of our democratic system. Now we have Sanjay Dutt following him. This guy is no munnabhai in real life and he’s already proven it. Anyway our political apparatus managed to keep up the tradition of putting on convicts to a role that demands takin care of the country’s and the people’s sovereignity and security. Lets see whether he turns the people’s mindset about corrupt politician or be a sleeper politician in the parliament.