Sanjay Dutt not a serious candidate: Sushma SwarajFebruary 28th, 2009 - 5:34 pm ICT by IANS
Ranchi, Feb 28 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj said here Saturday that Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, who will be contesting the Lok Sabha poll from Lucknow on a Samjawadi Party ticket, is not a serious candidate.
“Lalji Tandon (the BJP candidate from Lucknow) is a serious politician and Sanjay Dutt is a non-serious candidate,” Swaraj, who was here to launch the party’s election campaign in Chhattisgarh, told reporters.
Swaraj added that Tandon was chosen to contest the election from Lucknow since he was nominated by former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, who has held the seat for five successive terms.
“The BJP stands to gain in many states, including Jharkhand and Gujarat, and retain seats in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh in the upcoming elections. The NDA (National Democratic Alliance) will form the next government at the centre,” said Swaraj.