Top guns hog limelight

Updated on Apr 26, 2004 01:50 PM IST

Bollywood stars in the fray from Mumbai and their political rivals (with stars in tow) have eclipsed lesser-known rivals in all six LS seats in Mumbai.

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PTI | ByPiyush Srivastava, Mumbai

Bollywood stars in the fray from Mumbai and their political rivals (with stars in tow) have eclipsed lesser-known rivals in all six LS seats in the city that go to the polls on Monday.

Although there are 13 candidates from Mumbai North constituency, the main contest is between filmstar Govinda (Congress) and four time BJP MP Ram Naik. As a result, other candidates like that of the BSP and Samajwadi Party have not been noticed.

Similarly, the Congress' Sunil Dutt and Sanjay Nirupam (Shiv Sena) haven't left any space for the other 12 candidates from Mumbai North-West. The former because of his own charisma, and the latter due to the presence of the likes of Jitendra and Suniel Shetty in his rallies.

The focus is also on high-profile candidates in other seats. Sitting BJP MP Jayawantiben Mehta and first timer Milind Deora (son of senior Congress leader Murli Deora) face off in Mumbai South.

Mafia don Arun Gawli is seeking election from the South-Central seat.

In Mumbai North-Central, Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi is pitted against Congress's Eknath Gaikwad, an MLA from Dharavi.

Despite its zero cadre base, the Bahujan Samaj Party has fielded candidates from all the seats apparently to prepare ground for future elections.

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