Top 10 Celebrity Brand Ambassadors who Campaigned in General Elections 2014

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India’s political election campaigns have always had a limelight to it – Bollywood – also considered as the country’s closest connect to all age groups. The huge fan base of on screen icons endeavor to woo the voters or mere attract the crowd at the rallies, it is worth watching the show during the campaign days.In what is needed to be a real talent show of world’s largest democracy, polls 2014 has brought in some interesting show of leveraging on star powers. While many stars also understand why they are campaigning giving the voters reasons to come out and cast their vote. Here’s some insight into our top 10 starry-starry campaigns.

10. Muradabad in 2009 to Tonk in 2014:Sangeeta Bijlani campaigns for husband Mohammad Azharuddin

Sangeeta Bijlani, ex Miss India and wife of India’s former cricket team captain, Mohammad Azharuddin is seen these days at Tonk in Rajasthan meeting the women voters and requesting them to vote for Congress party. Campaigning for her husband and showing up during the filing of nomination papers has once again has put away speculations that the couple is separating. In his nomination, Azharuddin mentioned Bijlani as his wife.Sangeeta Bijlani also joined the Congress party rally attended by the likes of former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state president Sachin Pilot. The actress had campaigned for her husband in 2009 general elections also, when Azharuddin contested from Muradabad in Uttar Pradesh and won the seat.

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9. Vivek Oberoi’s election campaign tours Bangalore, Amritsar, and Ghaziabad

Bollywood Actor Vivek Oberoi campaigned for his mother-in-law and JD(S) Bangalore Central candidate, Nandini Alva, in Bengaluru.
Besides being a star attraction at Amritsar where he campaigned for BJP candidate, Arun Jaitley, Vivek also participated in a road show in support of Former Army Chief and now BJP candidate from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, General VK Singh.
Obliging the family connects or faith in party ideology, Vivek must have planned his schedule in advance.

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8. Legend show: Mithun Chakraborty in support for Baichung Bhutia

Fondly called as ‘dada’, the legendary Bollywood actor and member of parliament, Mithun Chakraborty, came out to campaign for Trinamool Congress (TMC) party candidate for Darjeeling constituency in West Bengal, Baichung Bhutia.
The ace football player who is in the election fray for the first time, is fighting against the so called divisive politics of BJP over Gorkhaland. TM is trying to catch up with the real issue of development in the hills over forming a new state. The Disco Dancer of Hindi Cinema and recently elected to Rajya Sabha on TMC ticket, Mithun’s star power will add to the soccer icon’s chances in the Nepalese heartland.

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7. Anupam Kher ensures wife Kirron Kher wins from Chandigarh, Anil Kapoor adds to friendly gesture

True to what every committed partner would do for each other, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, is known to have cancelled all his shoots just to be with his better half, Kirron Kher, campaigning for the Lok Sabha election from Chandigarh. The star husband is doing everything he can to ensure wife’s electioneering turns out just right.Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor joined Anupam Kher in campaigning for Kirron Kher, who is BJP’s candidate. Talking to media persons, Anil Kapoor said, “Kirron will be a class apart from other politicians who don’t keep their words. I am here to support Kirron, not a party. I have not come to the city on anybody’s invitation to support her, but as a friend.”Kirron is pitted against another celebrity candidate in the constituency, Gul Panag, who is contesting on Aam Aadmi Party’s seat and former Railway Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, a Congress candidate.

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6. Glamour show in West Bengal: Daughters Riya and Raima for Moon Moon Sen against Bappi Lahiri for CPM candidate from Bankura

Here’s a complete cinema campaign – an entertaining fusion of Hindi and Bengali cinema.  `Legendary actress Suchitra Sen’s daughter Moon Moon Sen is TMC’s candidate from Bankura district of West Bengal.If understanding the real issues on ground would not be a challenge for the royal from Tripura, handling the hustle bustle of the election campaign joins her two young and beautiful celebrity film icons – Ria Sen and Raima Sen. While Moon Moon is busy listening to people during rallies and road shows and wooing a new fan base in the Adivasi community, besides requesting people to vote for their mother, daughters are also said to have talked on importance of voting.Moon Moon Sen takes on nine-term CPM MP Basudev Acharya. She introduced herself as “Suchitra Sen-er meye”. But if she’s to defeat CPM heavyweight, she’ll not only need her mother’s blessings but also her daughters’ support.Opposition has garnered support and celebrity power in magician PC Sorcar and music legend Bappi Lahiri, making the West Bengal elections a glamour show.It now remains to be seen if the star dazzle can assemble the ballots for Moon Moon Sen when Bankura votes on 7 May 2014.

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5. The dream girl’s campaign: Esha Deol connects well with gen next

How do you think, a celebrity actress turned politician and the dream girl of Hindi cinema, Hema Malini’s election campaign would look like? Rightly guessed and seen was the Bollywood actress Esha Deol along with husband Bharat campaigning in support of her mother and BJP candidate at Farah near Mathura. Esha is said to have canvassed along with her mother in Govardhan area of the Lok Sabha seat.Also known as “Kentwali’, due to her appearance in KENT water purifier advertisement, and Isha’s mother among the new generation voters, Hema also received applause when she took Namo’s name in Braj bhoomi. Hema Malini is pitted in a three-cornered fight against SP’s Chandan Singh, RLD’s Jayant Choudhary and Yogesh Diwivedi from BSP.  She was in Mathura campaigning for Jayant Choudhary, the sitting Jat MP from the seat in 2009 elections.

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4. Sridevi, Dimple, Jaya et all: RLD banks on Amar Singh’s Bollywood connection to win Fatehpur Sikri

Bollywood actress Sridevi along with husband-director Boney Kapoor campaign for RLD leader Amar Singh in Fatehpur Sikri. Who other than Amar Singh of the newly-minted party, Rashtriya Lok Dal, knows better ways of adding glamour to political campaigns?
If the recent crowd gathering in Fatehpur Sikri during Amar Singh’s political tours of the district is to be believed, it remains to be seen whether it has been to admire Sridevi or the crowd bothered to hear Singh’s eloquence among the actress’s dazzle.  Other Bollywood personalities to spice up Amar Singh’s campaign included Dimple (Kapadia) Khanna and Jaya Prada.Poll results will show whether the huge crowds attracted by the procession of film people will translate into votes for Singh, but he is certainly living up to his reputation as a highly networked person.  Fatehpur Sikri, the popular tourist destination near Agra, is a seat dominated by Jats, Thakurs, and Muslims and yet Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) won it in 2009, defeating Raj Babbar of the Congress. The seat has never been Amar Singh’s political arena and yet, Ajit Singh of RLD has reposed confidence in the Thakur leader’s tenacity and film industry connection to hope for a surprising result.

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3. Election campaigning: Sidhu has a new job in making

Cricketer-turned-politician and Amritsar Sitting MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, having denied BJP ticket from the holy city, found time in between his schedule from T-20 matches to campaign for former BJP president Nitin Gadkari at Nagpur.Fondly addressed as Sidhu Paji in the popular TV show, Comedy Nights with Kapil also participated a road show to support BJP’s President and candidate, Rajnath Singh, at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh where he was showered with flower petals from rooftops and through the use of flower canons. The cricket commentator was also in Varanasi to campaign for Namo earlier in April.Road shows and door to door campaign with different BJP candidates across Delhi has been another delight for party supporters who came out in large numbers to have a glimpse of Sidhu. He was seen widely with party’s South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri, Dr. Harsh Vardhan contesting from Chandni Chowk, and Parvesh Verma from west Delhi. Sidhu’s public meetings in various Sikh dominated areas got him huge response from the locals.

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2. Start studded election campaign in Amritsar for Arun Jaitley

A start studded campaign is happening at Amritsar these days for the SAD-BJP nominee, Arun Jaitley. The laughter queen and stand-up comedian cum actress, Bharti Singh, seen in dresses with BJP’s color and Jaitely’s stickers, has been wooing the voters for BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar.If elections 2014 are no laughing matter you, then cricketer Gautam Gambhir campaigning in the holy city is another Kodak moment of election 2014. And how can BJP’s game plan for the coveted seat from the state of Punjab not include Bollywood actor with presence of Sunil Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Preeti Sapru, and Kirron Kher. Renowned Santoor maestro, Shiv Kumar Sharma, also pitched in.Locked in a keen electoral battle with Congress heavyweight Capt Amarinder Singh, BJP candidate, Arun Jaitley, has embarked upon a vigorous election campaign. Nukkad nataks, short musicals, and cell phone messages in pure Punjabi tadka (read Punjabi language) is in full play. If all these are a winning formula for Arun Jaitley’s first-ever parliamentary election would be known once the city votes on 30 April 2014.Baba Ramdev has been touring India to garner votes for the BJP, after the party accepted his proposal to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks, if voted to power. Campaigning in Amritsar, he said that Jaitley is a leader who can challenge such people upfront.However, there was no sign of Navjot Singh Sidhu, BJP’s MP from Amritsar who was evicted to make room for Jaitley. The team for micro management of the campaign includes lawyers, businessmen, politicians, and engineers along with Jaitley’s advocate wife. Riding on Modi wave, the results from Amritsar are expected to be exiting.

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1. Mother of all campaigns: Superstar Rajinikanth seen with Narendra Modi

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, clad in traditional south Indian dhoti-shirt attire and shaking hands with the film actor and cultural icon Rajinikanth during a visit to the actor’s residence on 13 April 2014 is a banner that cannot easily go unnoticed in Chennai these days. Namo met the actor while campaigning for ongoing parliamentary elections in Chennai.Though the legendary actor with a huge fan base has denied any political significance of the meeting but political observers are considering this as a good support to BJP on 24 April 2014 when Tamil Nadu goes to poll. The poll results will show the effect of Rajnikant fan club embracing the slogan- “abki baar Modi sarkar.”‘With Rajinikanth ji’, the tweet from Namo’s personal handle, considering the stupendous following of these two popular figures, twitter universe went abuzz with their own calculations about what this meeting could result in. However, several opinion polls have projected that the BJP will not fare well in the state.In 1996, Rajinikanth’s statement — “Even God can’t save Tamil Nadu if you vote for Jayalalithaa of AIADMK” — worked wonders as DMK-Tamil Maanila Congress alliance swept the state polls. In 1998, though the superstar expressed his support for BJP, the DMK-BJP alliance could win only a modest 9 of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu.  In 2004, when Rajinikanth asked the fans not to vote for Pattali Makkal Katchi, it won all the contested Lok Sabha seats.

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Conclusion

Though the actor has taken an apolitical stand in last ten years, BJP insiders feel even if Rajinikanth doesn’t publicly endorse BJP, the meeting itself would turn out to be a support statement for the party which is trying to gain a foothold in the state.

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