Mumbai Congress eyeing stars, cricketers for polls

February 6th, 2009 - 11:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Shah Rukh KhanMumbai, Feb 6 (IANS) With parliamentary elections round the corner, the Congress in Mumbai seems to be eyeing film stars and cricketers, including Raj Babbar, Ravi Kishen and Dilip Vengsarkar, to contest the polls on its tickets. The party doesn’t rule out superstar Shah Rukh Khan either.City party chief Kripa Shankar Singh dropped enough hints at a press conference here Friday that he was in touch with several Bollywood personalities for offering them tickets in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Asked if Babbar, who left the Samajwadi Party recently, could be offered the seat, Singh said: “That is an open (unreserved) seat and it is up to the Congress high command to decide who will contest. About Raj Babbar, in my talks with him, he expressed an interest in contesting on a Congress ticket.”

Babbar has represented the Agra seat as a Samajwadi Party representative thrice and enjoys a good rapport with city and state Congress leaders. A group of his supporters met Singh two days ago over the possibility of the former actor being fielded from one of the seats in Mumbai.

Mumbai North, in which Govinda had emerged vgictorious by defeating veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Naik in the lat Lok Sabha polls, is a cause of worry for the Congress. Embarrassed by allegations of ‘non-performance’ by Govinda, the party is now struggling to find an acceptable alternative to the actor.

Asked about Shah Rukh Khan entering politics, Singh said that “all like-minded people are welcome in the party fold”.

The superstar at an event in New Delhi Wednesday ruled out joining politics. “I might join politics at the age of 127,” Shah Rukh remarked.

Queried about Ravi Kishen, Singh said that a section of partymen has suggested that he be fielded from his hometown Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Singh said that he was in touch with cricketer Vengsarkar. “When I asked him whether he is contesting on a Shiv Sena ticket, he denied it,” Singh claimed.

He, however, added that all decisions in this matter would be taken by the party high command.

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