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Teejanbai rejects NCP offer

Padma Bhushan Teejanbai has refused to join NCP and fight polls, saying she wants to remain an artiste, reports Piyush Srivastava.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2003 23:14 IST
Piyush Srivastava
Piyush Srivastava

Padma Bhushan Teejan Bai has declined an Nationalist Congress Party offer to contest Bhilai seat inChhattisgarh on its ticket, saying she is not yet prepared to join any political outfit.

The renowned Pandvani artiste has also refused to campaign for any party, including NCP and Congress, both of which had approached her for campaigning. She, however, was ready to perform Pandvani fromany stage, political or otherwise to entertain the crowds.

"We are artiste and not politicians. Anyone who is willing to pay Rs 10,000 for one programme of Pandavani can contact us," she said.

However, she hasrefused the Congress offer to perform three programmes in a day on health grounds. "But I can do one or two cultural programmes per day from their platform before or after their political rallies, if they pay me well," she told Hindustan Times.

"The Nationalist Congress Party had offered me ticket from Bhilai. But I am not prepared to join any political outfit," she said.

"Congress and NCP had also contacted me to campaign for them but I clearly told them not to expect my political involvement,"

Teejan Bai and her troupe have recently come back after a hectic a 15-day trip to France, Mauritius and Romania.

First Published: Nov 10, 2003 23:00 IST