This 2004 election will be in historical in many dimensions. One important fact would be that the political parties have managed to rope the most number of stars than any other election before. Every single party irrespective of their representation in parliament have roped in stars.
Bollywood has shelled out the major share of it’s stars for this election campaign. From Dharmendra to Govinda to Hema Malini to Sharmila Tagore, Sudha Chandran, Phoonam Dhillon, Zeenat Aman, Smiriti Irani, Om Puri, Yukta Mookhey and Namrata Shirodhkar, this list extends endlessly. South India, known for elevating simple stars to supremo of a state, also offers a bouquet of stars.
While accepting that the stars have added glitter and glamour to the election campaign, are they experienced enough to contest for the MP seats. While it is even debatable if the existing non-star politicians are adding value to their consituencies, a rain of stars in the election will make up for more face and no intrinsic value.
Triggerring a debate if stars should become politicians is as old as elections themselves. I ain’t for it. But just showing them off for a election campaign and trying to woo the voters doesn’t seem ideological. If only stars could denounce the politicial parties, what a noble virtue it would be.
I am just dreaming. Lazy, wake up !!.