Actor and sitting Congress member of Parliament from Mumbai North, Govinda wants to contest the Lok Sabha elections this time, but from another constituency.
Despite accused of being a lackluster performer and non-chalant in attending Parliament, the actor is lobbying hard for a re-nomination.
“Knowing that the local leadership is against his re-nomination, Govinda has directly approached senior leaders in New Delhi. He is using all his contacts to get a party ticket from the new adjoining Mumbai North West constituency because he is skeptical about his chances of winning in Mumbai North, where the Congress and the opposition have created non-conductive situation for him. Also, Vasai and Palghar, the areas where Govinda scored leads in the last election, have been excluded from Mumbai North,” said a state leader involved in screening of candidates, requesting anonymity.
“With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) naming a strong candidate, Ram Naik, from Mumbai North, we need someone who can counter Naik with his popular personality and performance,” said another leader.
Though the state Congress has forwarded Govinda’s name for Mumbai North — because the high command has made a rule to consider its sitting MPs along with other aspirants — party activists are hoping that he won’t make it this time.
Former MLAs Chandrakant Ghosalia, B.A. Desai and banker K.D. Vora and sitting Malad MLA P.U. Mehta are in the race for the seat.
Former MP Sanjay Nirupam, former Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee vice president and industrialist Vijay Kalantri and film star Nagma are interested in contesting from Mumbai North West.
However, since former Mumbai Congress president Gurudas Kamat’s North East is likely to go to alliance partner Nationalist Congress Party, he may contest from the North West.