Govinda joins Congress

Govinda joins Congress
New Delhi, Mar 21 (PTI) Popular bollywood star Govinda today joined Congress indicating that he may contest the Lok Sabha polls if asked by the party leadership.

"I can contest," Govinda told reporters in reply to questions after meeting Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence here where he filled up his membership form of the party.

Senior party leaders Kamal Nath and Subirami Reddy were also present during the brief meeting Govinda had with Gandhi.

Asked if he would campaign for the party, the bollywood hero said he would do as directed by the leadership.

On allegations that filmstars were receiving money for joining parties, Govinda said these were mere accusations being floated by interested groups.

"I don't think it is true," he said, adding he would not severe his ties with bollywood.

Govinda's earlier meeting with Gandhi on March 15 had fuelled speculation that he might contest against Petroleum Minister Ram Naik in Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency.

However, the party was yet to announce Govinda's candidature but kept the seat vacant while declaring candidature for the remaining 25 seats to be contested by the Congress as per an agreement reached with Nationalist Congress Party headed by Sharad Pawar.

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