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Don't change Atal-Advani winning combination: Oberoi

Drawing parallels with cricket, Bollywood star turned politician Suresh Oberoi has asked people not to change the "winning combination" of the Vajpayee-Advani duo.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Shillong
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2004 07:06 PM IST

Drawing parallels with cricket, Bollywood star turned politician Suresh Oberoi on Tuesday asked people not to change the "winning combination" of the Vajpayee-Advani duo.

"When two batsmen are set on the crease and getting runs, one should not wish to change the combination. Likewise, when the country is shining under the leadership Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is in full form, do you want to experiment with a new Prime Minister," Oberoi told a BJP rally in Shillong.

"Those who cannot see India is shining, are blind. Take out their black glasses and throw them away," Oberoi said.

Refusing to buy the idea that filmstars were being used by political parties in the run-up to the elections, he told reporters, "Nobody can use you if you do not want to be used".

The star said he joined the BJP after being impressed by the works of the NDA government and leadership quality of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Stating that he was neither paid nor invited by the BJP to join the party, Oberoi said, "I flew to Delhi on my own...and headed to Advani to express my willingness to join BJP."  

He said he was not aware why his other colleagues had joined the political bandwagon. Oberoi guessed, "May be (they joined) to draw the crowds".

He said he did not nurture any ambition to become a minister neither did he want to contest the polls.

The cinestar, who campaigned for the party in west Khasi Hills district on Monday, would devote the day for Shillong and head towards Jaintia Hills district on Wednesday.

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