Congress MP Priya Dutt, who is seeking re-election from Mumbai North Central Parliamentary constituency, has an edge over her nearest rivals even as she enters the poll fray to fight and prove that she is the true inheritor of father late Sunil Dutt's legacy.
Elder brother actor Sanjay Dutt's dreams of entering the Lok Sabha on a Samajwadi party (SP) ticket from Lucknow were dashed after the Supreme Court refused to stay his conviction of six years imprisonment under the Arms act.
Sanjay, later went on a no-holds bar attack on the Congress and ridiculed Priya for staying on with the party.
But, even three years after his death, Sunil Dutt is still a pull in this high profile constituency and majority of the voters feel that Priya is carrying on the legacy of her parents. Her mother late Nargis was a staunch Congress loyalist and a Rajya Sabha member.
Estrangement in the Dutt family became public after Sanjay's much publicised comments ticking off Priya for retaining the Dutt surname after marriage.
There was even a court case against Priya for using her maiden name during the 2005 by-election but the petition was dismissed.