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Film stars have taken money to join politics: Shekhar Suman

Renewing attack on film stars joining parties in "hordes", actor Shekhar Suman alleged many of them have taken money to plunge into politics.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2004 11:10 PM IST

Renewing attack on film stars joining political parties in "hordes", television personality Shekhar Suman on Monday alleged many of them have taken money to plunge into politics.

"About 40-50 film stars have joined different political parties suddenly. I still maintain that many of them have taken money to do so," he said during a launch of programme on Star News.

This could not be possible that such a large number of people from the film industry developed political acumen overnight, he said.

Asked to name those who were paid by politicians to join parties and campaign for them, he said "I do not want to make their (filmstars-turned-politicans) life miserable."

Before joining political bandwagon, film personalities should be actively involved in public life Suman said.

Answering a query whether he had been approached by politicians to join them, he said "yes I have been approached but did not join.

"It will not be proper to have political leanings when I have started doing a programme on Star TV taking potshots on politicians' double standards".

Shekhar Suman is anchoring the Poll Khol series on Star TV since April 1.
"Film personalities have denigrated the film industry by taking money and I am deeply anguished as a voter," he said.

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