Battle of daughters in Mumbai North Central constituency
The Mumbai North Central constituency will witness the battle between the two the two political big wig's daughters -- Priya Dutt of the Congress and Poonam Mahajan of BJP.
Ms Dutt, the daughter of late actor-turned-politician Sunil Dutt and Nargis, is this time pitted against Ms Mahajan, the daughter of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan.
Therefore, it has been aptly branded as the battle of the daughters.
Ms Dutt had won the seat in the 2009 elections by a margin of over 1.74 lakh votes, following Eknath Gaikwad's win in the 2004 general elections.
Meanwhile, in a bid to attract the large Muslim population residing in Kurla, Kalina and Bandra (East) Assembly segments in the constituency, the Samajwadi Party has fielded restaurateur Farhan Azmi, son of Abu Asim Azmi, the chief of party in Maharashtra.
Ms Dutt was first time elected to the 14th Lok Sabha from Mumbai North-West constituency on November 22, 2005, on the Congress ticket.
In 2005, following the death of her father, Sunil Dutt, and despite a low voter turnout, she managed to retain the seat by a margin of 1,72,043 votes over her nearest Shiv Sena rival.
Ms Dutt received considerable media attention for this victory, partially on account of her famous family and the fact that she had given birth to her first child a few days before the election.
Since her election victory, Ms Dutt has been appointed secretary of the All India Congress Committee.
(Posted on 06-04-2014)