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NEW DELHI: The upcoming general elections may throw up many new celebrity faces in the Indian parliament.
Almost all major parties have allotted tickets to stars and Bollywood divas. In fact, a few places may see star wars such as in Chandigarh where former Miss India and Aam Aadmi Party candidate Gul Panag is taking on actress Kirron Kher of the BJP.
While Panag is a local girl and her father has been the founding member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) , Kher is the wife of actor Anupam Kher and she claims that she also has roots in Chandigarh.
“I have joined AAP as it is a movement and mainstream parties have failed to deliver,’’ says 35-year-old Panag who won the Miss India pageant in 1999.
From Meerut, the Congress has fielded actress Nagma (her real name is Nandita Morarji).
The 39-year-old actress, who was once romantically linked to former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, says she won’t rely on her star power to attract voters.
“I’ve been working for Congress for the past 10 years. I am putting in as much hard work in politics as I put into my film career,’’ Nagma said while visiting Meerut on her first campaign trip after her nomination last week.
The Trinamool Congress has fielded actress Moon Moon Sen from Bankura in West Bengal. Moon Moon is the daughter of legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen who passed away a few months ago.
In fact, Mamata Bannerjee-led Trinamool Congress has quite a few personalities from sports and entertainment, including former Indian football captains Bhaichung Bhutia (Darjeeling) and Prasun Banerjee (Howrah), matinee idols Satabdi Roy (Birbhum) and Tapas Pal (Krishnanagar), singers Indranil Sen (Berhampore) and Soumitra Roy (Malda North) and theatre personality Arpita Ghosh (Balurghat) in the fray.
Former Bollywood queen Jayaprada, who along with her mentor Amar Singh, has joined Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal, is likely to contest from Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh.
Jaya Prada represented the the Rampur Lok Sabha seat in the outgoing parliament.