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Star power from other states to light up Cong’s Delhi campaign

delhi Updated: Apr 02, 2009 00:33 IST
Sidhartha Roy and agencies
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The colour might be missing this time from election campaigning due to the clamp down on posters and hoarding but the glamour quotient would not be missing. The Congress plans to bring actor Shahrukh Khan to the capital to campaign for its candidates.

Although Congress might invite other film stars to campaign in Delhi, the star campaigners for the party remain party chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.

“We will request Shahrukh to campaign for our candidates in the capital,” said Oscar Fernandes, AICC in-charge for Delhi, on Wednesday.

“People like Bollywood stars to campaign. There are a number of actors who are our sympathisers. We will utilise their services,” Fernandes said without naming other actors who may join the campaigning for the party in the capital.

Apart from filmstars, Congress candidates in Delhi also want senior party leaders and Chief Ministers of Congress ruled states to canvass for them. The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) has made a list of 40 such national leaders who it wants to visit Delhi and canvass for the candidates.

The list includes senior Congress leaders like AICC General Secretary and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Digvijay Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

“We have made a list of 40 senior leaders and sent a request to the AICC,” said DPCC President Jai Prakash Agarwal. “Many of these leaders had also visited the capital during the assembly elections last year,” he said.

Congress candidates also have their own wish list of senior leaders who they want to invite to campaign for them.

Sandeep Dikshit, who is the candidate from East Delhi wants Home Minister P Chidambaram to campaign for him in areas like Mayur Vihar and IP Extension. The reason – Chidambaram would have an appeal in these areas where many voters from the South Indian communities and educated voters reside.