‘Bollywood will not impact voters in Mumbai’
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Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2012, 21:37
Mumbai: Bollywood actors being roped in by political parties to campaign for the upcoming civic polls would not be able to influence the urban voters, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Asim Azmi said on Monday.

"Amar Singh, who was my leader, used to bring actors for the campaigns, however, it made no impact on strengthening the vote bank," Azmi said in a press conference after releasing the first list of 62 party candidates for the BMC elections scheduled on February 16.

Samajwadi Party is fielding candidates on 165 out of the total of 227 seats for the country's richest civic body.

Citing an example of thespian Dilip Kumar who had campaigned for Congress in Uttar Pradesh in the past elections, Azmi, who is the state unit president of SP said, "wherever the actor campaigned Congress was defeated".

Saying that he respects Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for not seeking services of actor fraternity, Azmi said, "she has her own vote bank and she never ropes in any actor or actress".

Close on the heels of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) releasing lists of its candidates for the civic polls and subsequent heartburn it has caused among some of its cadres, Azmi claimed that a scores of workers from MNS and also the NCP have joined his party.

"The former MNS workers told me that the reason they had joined the Raj Thackeray-led outfit was not on any ideological basis, but they felt that they could easily get away on the highways without paying the toll," he said.


First Published: Monday, January 30, 2012, 20:53

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