Sanjay Dutt enters Politics
Following in the footsteps of his father and sister, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is set to make his political debut with the socialist Samajwadi Party.
The 49-year-old will be contesting a key constituency in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, the Press Trust of India news agency quoted party leader Amar Singh saying.
Uttar Pradesh is regarded as politically crucial as it is India’s most populous state and sends 80 MPs to the 545-member national parliament.
Sanjay’s late father Sunil Dutt, who was also a major star in Hindi films during the 1960s and 1970s was a five-time Congress MP and served as federal sports minister.
His sister Priya was elected to the Lok Sabha on a Congress ticket in a by-election after Dutt’s death.
The actor who has found fame playing gangsters and anti-heroes is currently on bail for possessing illegal weapons that he bought from men accused of plotting the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, which killed more than 250 people.
In India, convicted criminals are not barred from standing for office.
A study by an Indian watchdog found that nearly a quarter of the 542 people elected to the federal parliament in 2004 had faced criminal charges, including murder and rape.