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Govinda out of poll race, Nagma maybe in

Mar 29, 2009 05:59 PM IST Politics Politics

Mumbai: Actor-politician Govinda has expressed his unwillingness to contest from Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said on Sunday.

"Govinda, like other sitting MPs, was asked if he was willing to contest again in the Lok Sabha polls, but he declined the offer," Chavan told reporters at State Congress party office in central Mumbai.

Chavan said actress Nagma has showed readiness to contest from the seat. "She (Nagma) is one of the applicants for Congress ticket from this constituency," he added.

Govinda had won from Mumbai North constituency in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, defeating BJP's Ram Naik.

Maharashtra Chief minister Ashok Chavan said Govinda would only be campaigning for the Cong this time. Govinda has been involved in a string of controversies this past year- from his non-performance in parliament, to the most recent violation of the electoral code by distributing money on Holi.

Actress Nagma is being pitched a possible ticket holder from the North Mumbai seat.

"Nagma is an applicant herself and has asked for a ticket. The final decision on it is yet to be taken," adds Chavan.

"There were two meetings which Govinda and I attended. Govinda who defeated Ram Naik, a senior leader was also discussed in the meeting and he himself made me take the initiative to get the ticket and he has made the decision to back out or not still can't comment on it.

We have always supported each other and we are going to do the same. Last year when I was given the ticket, I denied it but this year 26/11 was the drive force to made me take the decision to contest in the upcoming elections," says Nagma.