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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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Date:Apr 4, 2014
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