Sanju Baba seeks votes for young Cong candidate Saket
Bollywood star-turned-politician Sanjay Dutt today sought votes for Congress candidate Saket Bahuguna, regaling the crowds with his popular dialogues, saying he was keen to become a "brand ambassador for the state" and would return with top Bollywood actors if the Congress won the Tehri Lok Sabha bypolls.
Sanjay Dutt, clad in white Pathani Kurta-payjama, regaled the audience with the famous dialogues of his films like "lage raho Munnabhai" and "Munna Bhai MBBS" and won applaud, especially from the youngsters in the crowd.
He added that he was keen to become a brand ambassador to boost tourism in the "beautiful state" of Uttarakhand and advocated that a film city be built in Tehri, home to the famous Tehri Lake.
Sanjay, who had brief halts at Kalsi, Vikasnagar and Chamba, Tehri regions, attracted large crowds seen for the first time during campaign meetings for the Lok Sabha bypolls to be held on October 10.
Addressing a large crowd in Chamba, the film star talked about his old relations with the Bahuguna family and described Saket, son of Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, as his "younger brother".
Sanjay promised the crowds that if Saket won, he would visit the place again and bring along known Bollywood actors, including the emperor of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.
He also said the Bahuguna family does what it says and stressed that as a young leader Saket should be given a chance.
Sanjay Dutt, who took a round of the sprawling Tehri Lake and dam, was impressed by its beauty and stressed that a film city should come up in the area. The area was most appropriate to for shooting of films, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Saket Bahuguna said representative in Parliament should be the one who is a good orator and not a mute spectator.
He also promised that if people blessed him with their votes, he would "make the river of development flow in the region".
Even as Sanjay Dutt received large and receptive crowds, former Uttar Pradesh Congress Chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi, sister of Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, was booed by people showing black flags and empty cylinders, a report from Ghansali, near Tehri said.