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Priya Dutt files nomination; promises development

April 08, 2009 15:09 IST

Filing her nomination papers, Congress candidate from Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha seat Priya Dutt on Wednesday said her poll campaign will focus on development and appealed to voters to rise above religious and casteist considerations.

Speaking to reporters after filing the nomination papers at the Mumbai Suburban District Collector's office, Dutt said providing basic amenities and improving infrastructure in the constituency would be her top priority.

"I want the development of the city to be humane. Rehabilitation of slum-dwellers should be done as promised and (rail) commuters should get better facilities. I will try to achieve these goals," the sitting Member of Parliament said.

Reacting to her Bharatiya Janata Party rival Mahesh Jethmalani's charge that she has been an ineffective MP, Dutt said the eminent lawyer is not part of her constituency and he has been ill-informed.

When queried if she had come to file her nomination keeping any auspicious time in mind, Priya said she considers everyday as good. "I just say a little prayer...," the daughter of legendary actors Nargis and Sunil Dutt said.

About her actor-brother Sanjay Dutt not campaigning for her, she said, "He is my brother and will always be there as a brother."

On Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh's statement that there is threat to Sanjay's life, Priya said, "Sanjay is fine; I'm sure he is safe."

To a question on batches worn by her supporters appealing to the people not to vote for criminals, Priya said the batches had been given by non-governmental organisations like AGNI.

Priya was accompanied by her husband Owen Roncon, local Member of Legislative Assembly Baba Siddiqi, Mumbai Congress president Kripa Shankar Singh and state Social Justice Minister Chandrakant Handore.

All the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai and the four in neighbouring Thane will go to polls on April 30.

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