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Trinamool to cash in on star appeal

Trinamool rakes in Tolly actors Tapas Pal, Shatabdi Roy and singer Kabir Suman to woo semi-urban and rurals voters.

kolkata Updated: Mar 16, 2009 10:38 IST

Trinamool Congress has fielded two popular Bengali actors and a new age singer for the Lok Sabha polls with an aim to cash on their star appeal.

The three - actor Tapas Pal, actress Shatabdi Roy and singer Kabir Suman - have already hit the campaign trail in their respective constituencies across the state.

Pal, currently a party legislator from the prestigious Alipur constituency in the city, has been fielded from semi-urban Krishnagar constituency in Nadia district while Roy, making her debut in politics, is contesting from Birbhum, a predominantly rural seat.

Singer Suman, who was with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in her movement against farmland acquisition in Nandigam and Singur, has been given a ticket from Jadavpur on the fringe of the metropolis.

Two-time MLA Pal, who has starred in a number of Bengali hits like ‘Dadar Kirti´, has already hit the campaign trail in Krisnagar.

Though a newcomer in politics, Roy, who has acted opposite Pal in a number of Bengali films, launched her campaign on Saturday last in Birbhum by offering prayers at the famous Kali temple at Tarapith.

Roy, whose roles in the ‘jatras´ (folk theatres) has taken her across the length and breadth of rural Bengal, described her new avatar as an altogether new experience, saying this would present her with a new opportunity to get closer to the people.

First Published: Mar 16, 2009 10:27 IST