Stars campaign for BJP-NTC

Published on Apr 29, 2004 11:54 AM IST
Poll fever shot up when actors Poonam Dhillon and Chunky Pandey took to the streets to canvass for BJP-NTC candidates.
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In line with the glamour-driven electioneering of Mumbai and Delhi, poll fever in this eastern metropolis shot up today with Bollywood actor and actress Poonam Dhillon and Chunky Pandey taking to the streets to canvass for candidates of the BJP-NTC combine here.

The narrow streets of Kolkata's Burrabazar area came alive as hundreds of curious onlookers thronged both sides of the narrow lane to catch a glimpse of the 'Soni Mahiwal' star and the actor known more for his comic off-screen punchlines.

Dressed in a white salwar suit, Dhillon, who has become a popular face on television with her cameo in Shobha De's society serial 'Kitty Party', waved from an open jeep with Pandey and the Nationalist Trinamool Congress candidate from Calcutta North West constituency Subrato Mukherjee in tow.

Dhillon, who embraced the BJP joining an ever-increasing bandwagon of film stars taking to politics, appealed to the women in particular to ensure 'stability' by voting for BJP and its allies.

Sporting a red shirt, sunglasses and cap to beat the heat, Pandey, with his ready wit and quips, tickled the funny bone of the electors engaing them in small talk that eulogised the potential of an NDA government at the Centre.

Dismissing that the stars were being used just to draw the crowds, Trinamool Congress sources said both of them had joned the BJP as committed party workers and would campaign for the party across the country.

BJP sources said a slew of films stars-turned-politicians including Hema Malini, Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha and Biswajit would also descend on the metropolis in the next few days to campaign for the alliance.

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