Mumbai, June 5: Last week, there was a murmur of Sanjay Dutt joining politics. This generated mixed reactions in the political arena. Several local politicians have opined it as a as a move to checkmate his sister, Congress MP Priya Dutt.
Kripashankar Singh, a leading congress MLA from Santacruz Assembly segment, which falls in the parliamentary constituency represented by Ms Dutt, said Sanjay is welcome to join politics. The late Sunil Dutt and Nargis were also members of parliament, he said. Asked whether Sanjay would be offered a Parliamentary seat from Mumbai, Singh told UNI it was for the Congress high command to decide. 'I feel that he may not be seeking the party ticket as he seems to be approaching other political parties', said Singh.
Congress spokesperson Husain Dalwai, an ex minister, said, ''Sanjay is a fine human being, a great person, who is emotional and caring.'' When asked what would be the public reaction if the Congress offers tickets to a TADA convict, Dalwai said the party has not offered any post or ticket to Sanjay and these matters are best left to the high command.
But Dalwai was of the opinion that Sanjay was much stressed out when he was found in possession of an objectionable fire-arm. ''He was a very much afraid and feared for his life in those times,'' said Dalwai.
Some party members, on condition of anonymity, said Sanjay's family tensions are behind his sudden declaration of political intentions.
''After Manyata came into the picture as his new wife, his relations with Priya had been strained,'' another member said.
''He may be thinking of teaching Priya a lesson,'' they said.