Sanjay Dutt claims it was good friend Amar Singh who reminded him of his family's long association with the party and advised him to return to the fold
Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt yesterday claimed that his return to the Congress Party came after advice to this effect from good friend and expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.
Back to netagiri: Sanjay Dutt had joined the Samajwadi Party before the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. With the backing of Amar Singh, he was made the party's national general secretary right away. File pic
"It was Amar Singh who advised me to return to the Congress. He reminded me that owing to my family's long association with the party, the Congress to me is like blood flowing in my veins," said the 53-year-old actor and former general secretary of Samajwadi Party, who was in Allahabad yesterday to campaign for the Congress. Dutt said, "I was hurt over the way Amar Singh was insulted by the Samajwadi Party. He had done so much to help the party reach where it is today. When he was shown the door, I too quit the party."
Dutt added that when they were discussing their future strategy, Singh suggested that he should return to the Congress.
The actor's father Sunil Dutt remained associated with the Congress till his death in 2005 and even served as a minister in the Union Cabinet. His sister Priya Dutt too is also a Congress MP.
I am the barsati maindhak: Priyanka Combining wit with sarcasm, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra yesterday dared her party's political rivals in Uttar Pradesh to state if she should join politics, and said she took no offence to allusions of her election-eve visits to a Hindi proverb about the frog that appears only during the monsoon.
"I am the barsati maindhak, not Rahul Gandhi. Everyone knows I come to Rae Bareli and Amethi to coordinate elections. There is nothing to hide," she said. She said her brother makes numerous visits to his constituency and meets people regularly, while she comes when he needs her to. Priyanka also indicated that she may campaign in some other neighbouring districts apart from Amethi and Rae Bareli.