None coming forward to confirm Zinta’s name

None coming forward to confirm Zinta’s name

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Hamirpur, February 26
Though the grapevine has floated the candidature of film actress Priety Zinta as a Congress candidate to contest against Anurag Thakur from Hamirpur parliament constituency, no Congress source is verifying this.

The delay in the announcement of the Congress candidate for the coming general parliamentary election by the Congress high command has given chance to give credence to such talks here. Since the high command has not come out with any list of candidates, the names of probable candidates have been doing the round for quite some time. The name of Priety Zinta has been doing the rounds for the past few days as there are reports she has officially joined the Congress but the Congress leadership has also not given any indication about her entering the party or fielding her in this election.

The decision to allot party ticket to the Congress candidate is proving a bit ticklish since Hamirpur is considered a stronghold of the BJP where the party candidate has been winning for the five consecutive terms and in the last election Anurag Thakur, son of Prem Kumar Dhumal was returned with a record margin of 174666.

Since Congress candidate Narinder Thakur, who had joined the Congress after revolting against the BJP, is being considered a front-runner for the ticket from Hamirpur and also stated to be facing opposition from a section of the party, uncertainty about party candidate from Hamirpur is still continuing. The talks of fielding Zinta to hold some ground since the actress has an old connection with this place and had been visiting Hamirpur frequently as one of her aunts reside here ; more so since she can prove to be a very strong opponent to Anurag.

HPCC president Kaul Singh Thakur said, “The list of Congress candidates would be finalised soon; however there is no move to field Priety Zinta from Hamirpur.”

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