Stars, Snakes and Ladders
With polls round the corner, several Congress leaders are desperately trying to shift their constituencies for better prospects. Some new names are doing the rounds as well.
Senior Uttar Pradesh leader Rashid Alvi is being considered for Bijnor, now held by Sanjay Singh Chauhan.
Sitting Moradabad MP Mohammad Azharuddin wants to move to Malda in West Bengal.
Congress wants to field actor Jaya Prada from Moradabad but party spokesman Meem Afzal, along with Alvi, is vying for the seat. So what happens to Rampur, which was represented by Jaya Prada on an ticket? Congress wants to field Begum Noor Bano’s son Kazim Ali Khan there.
In Ghaziabad, film star and current Ferozabad MP Raj Babbar would like a direct contest with Rajnath Singh, assuming the chief doesn’t desert the constituency.
In Gurgaon, with sitting MP Rao Inderjit Singh joining and Yogendra Yadav providing tough competition, Congress is hoping to field actor Sharmila Tagore.