Bhopal, January 20: Local leaders of the Congress in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal have demanded Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan be given party's ticket to contest upcoming Lok Sabha election from Bhopal. Since Bhopal is her husband Saif Ali Khan's hometown, Kareena Kapoor often visits the city. A group of Congress corporators, led by corporator Guddu Chauhan, has sought an appointment with state chief minister Kamal Nath to pitch for Kareena Kapoor.
Saif Ali Khan, son of late Nawab of Pataudi and former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore, sealed his relationship with Kareena through a registered marriage in 2012. Since then, Kareena, also known as Bebo, has been visiting Bhopal on different occasions. The Congress group, seeking Lok Sabha ticket for Kareena, argued that the Pataudi family holds ground in Bhopal and is known to everyone. Mohammed Azharuddin Denies Report of Joining TRS to Contest Lok Sabha Election From Secunderabad.
Bhopal parliamentary seat has a significant number of young voters who could vote for Kareena Kapoor, said the Congress group. They have written a letter to Congress' national leadership seeking a ticket the actress. Congress has been losing the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat for last 40 years. BJP MP from Bhopal Alok Sanjar, however, downplayed hype around Kareena Kapoor's name, saying the parliamentary seat has been the bastion of the BJP and would remain so. MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir Likely to Contest 2019 Lok Sabha Elections on BJP Tickets: Reports.
In 1991, Kareena's father-in-law Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi contested Lok Sabah elections as Congress candidate from Bhopal. However, he lost.