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Whose state is it anyway?

As Maharashtra goes to polls today, we quiz a cross section of candidates and celeb campaigners, who have been canvassing for the last four weeks, to find out just how much they know about the state they are rallying for.

entertainment Updated: Oct 13, 2009 20:49 IST

As Maharashtra goes to polls today, we quiz a cross section of candidates and celeb campaigners, who have been canvassing for the last four weeks, to find out just how much they know about the state they are rallying for.


Bappi Lahiri


(singer-musician, campaigned for Krishna Hegde of the Congress)


* Maharashtra Day is on: May 1. How can I not remember this? Jai Maharashtra!


* Politician who helped Shah Rukh Khan during the recent Chicago airport controversy: I don’t remember; I’m a musician. I think Shah Rukh was detained because of his passport.


* The number of years BMC elections are held after: I’ve been living in Mumbai for 35 years. For MLAs, it’s four years. I don’t know the number of years for the BMC, as I’ve never had any work there. It is only when the elections happen that we go there.


* Name the BMC Commissioner: Can you tell me the name please? I don’t know. I knew the earlier one though. (We ask him for the previous commissioner’s name) I don’t remember his name either, sorry.


* The Mumbai phase of the Lok Sabha elections were on: Three months back… No, four months back… No, three months back… No March… No April. (Someone prods him) It’s April.


* The party that won: Don’t have much idea about this.


* Approximate voter turnout: Sorry. I don’t know about this.


* Current MP from your area: MP? (No answer)


* The year Bombay become Mumbai: Bombay became Mumbai? (Ponders)… Don’t know.


* Your constituency number: See, I’m a musician and a Congress supporter. I don’t know all this.


* Who is the current Mumbai sheriff? (No answer)


Shaina NC


fashion designer, BJP candidate from the Bandra constituency


(We call her continuously for two days. Finally, she answers) Can you guys please text me the questions. I am very tired after campaigning the whole day and I will be able to answer better via text. I promise to reply in two minutes. (We text her the questions and she calls back immediately) These are really


simple questions. I thought you were planning to grill me on my party’s manifesto.


* Maharashtra Day is on: May 1


* Present Mumbai Sheriff: Indu Shahani


* Present Mumbai Governor: Jamir


* Present BMC Commissioner: Jairaj Phatak


* BJP was formed in: 1980


* Bombay became Mumbai in: Somewhere between 1995 and 1998. I remember because we were in power then.


* Today’s headline: There were many. But I read something about India and Pakistan.


* Current MP from your area: Milind Deora


* Last Lok Sabha election date: (gets confused with the Vidhan Sabha elections) October 13.


Rahul Mahajan


TV actor, campaigning for BJP


* Maharashtra Day is on: May 1


* Number of state assembly


sessions in Maharashtra: You mean the total number of seats? 288.


* Location of state assembly


sessions: I didn’t understand the question… 288?


* The monsoon and winter


sessions take place at: Nagpur


* Present Maharashtra Governor: S C Jamir


* The BJP was formed in: 1980


* The last time elections were held in Maharashtra: 2004


* Politician who helped in the recent SRK Chicago airport controversy: It’s not official yet. How can I talk about it? It’s a political question. I can’t believe what the papers say.


* The Mumbai phase of the Lok Sabha elections was held on: Six months back. In February, I think.


* The party/ parties that won the Mumbai seats: Don’t know the proper status. (Ponders) Congress won all. (Gets irritated) You can’t ask me such questions. I come from a political family, you know.


* Current MP from your area:


Milind Deora


* The local constituency number: What number is this? Do you mean the number of constituents? I don’t know.


* The current Mumbai sheriff: (Thinks) I don’t know


Abhijeet Sawant


(singer, campaigned for Shiv Sena)


* Maharashtra Day is on: May 1


* Number of state assembly


sessions in Maharashtra: One


* Location of state assemblies sessions: (After 30 seconds) Mumbai


* Number of members elected to the state assembly: 240


* Monsoon and winter sessions take place at: (After a lot of prompting) Nagpur


* Present Maharashtra Governor: Jamir Khan? (Rethinks, asks around) Yeah, Jamir.


* The Shiv Sena was formed in: 1966


* The last time elections were held in Maharashtra: 2004


* Today’s headlines: I don’t remember, actually, there are


several.


* Name five stars-turned-full-time-politicians: Vinod Khanna, Jaya Prada, Jaya Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Smriti Irani.


Vinod Kambli


ex-cricketer, Lok Bharati candidate from the Vikhroli cnstituency


* Maharashtra Day is on: (Asks around, we wait for a reply) May 1, I think. By the way, are all your questions going to be on general knowledge? (We reply in the affirmative) … (Suddenly) Hello, hello… I am unable to hear you. Hello, hello (cuts the call).


(We call back again. New voice answers) Hello, this is Mr Kambli’s secretary. Kambli Sir is in the


bathroom, can you call back later? (We ask after how long) Half-an-hour. (We call continuously for the next 48 hours. Finally, the


secretary promises that Kambli will call back later at night. At the time of going to press, we were still waiting for Kambli to come out of the bathroom).


Smriti Irani


TV actor-turned-politician,


campaigning for BJP


* Maharashtra Day is on: Are you asking me General Knowledge questions because I’m a


celebrity? I’m not one of those


fly-by-night kinds of people you see regularly. I have been in


politics for the last 10 years. I do not want to be a part of this quiz. I know where this story is


headed. Have one of your higher-ups arrange a quiz and I will


definitely participate.


Bharat Jadhav


Marathi actor, campaigning for MNS


* Maharashtra Day is on: May 1


* Number of state assembly sessions in Maharashtra: (Thinks for a minute) Please don’t ask me any questions related to politics. You can ask me anything else that you wish. I’m just doing all this for my friends. Please ask these questions to Aadesh Bandekar, who’s contesting for the MNS. He can answer this better.


Aadesh Bandekar


Marathi TV actor, MNS candidate from the Mahim constituency


* Maharashtra Day is on: May 1. How can I not know this?


* Number of state assembly sessions: (Thinks) I am actually very busy right now. Can you please email or text me the questions. I will get back to you with all the replies as soon as possible.


(We email and text the questions to Mr Bandekar. At the time of going to press, we were still waiting for a reply.)


Compiled by Collin Rodrigues and Sneha Mahale