OUTSIDER NAGMA BIG HIT.
IF ONE goes by the number of people who turn up to catch a glimpse
of her every day, actor Nagma, the Congress candidate from Meerut, would
win hands down. She is mobbed the moment she steps out of her party
office and her public gatherings witness unimaginable rush, so much so
that at times she has to cut short her campaigns or sneak out from
gatherings to avoid the mob. But a closer look soon reveals that very
little of this adulation would translate into votes. Traditionally, the
electorate across Meerut has voted on caste lines and most feel that
Nagma, being an "actor from Mumbai and hence an outsider, is
unlikely to remain loyal and committed to the constituency". The
actor, though, is banking on her star power, on being a Muslim candidate
and on Rahul and Sonia Gandhi to win from Meerut. Nagma appears to be at
a loss at times when local leaders and party cadres dictate where she
must go and whom to meet. There is also infighting and discontent among
party workers who claim that Nagma is an outsider. "All this does
not pull me down. I am like Arjun with my eyes set only on my goal. My
strength is the people," she says.
The actor is banking on her star power, on being a Muslim candidate
and on Rahul and Sonia Gandhi to win from Meerut.
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