The Hush Post / 10: 30 am / 1-min-read
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is set to re-enter politics, according to a minister from Maharashtra.
Dutt, 60, is set to join the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh (RSP), a BJP ally in Maharashtra, on September 25, party founder and Cabinet minister Mahadev Jankar disclosed on Sunday. The RSP is a junior ally of the ruling Phadnavis government in Maharashtra and represents the shepherd community in Maharashtra.
“We have started working in the film sector to expand our party. As part of which, actor Sanjay Dutt is also joining the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh on September 25,” Jankar told mediapersons. He holds Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development portfolios in the present BJP government in Maharashtra.
Which party is RSP
The RSP has been part of the BJP-led NDA since the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections. Out of the six candidates, RSP candidate Rahul Kul had won from Daund seat.
The Dhangar community, which the party represents, has been demanding reservation under the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category. They are currently classified under the VJNT (Vimukta Jati Nomadic Tribes) group.
Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, rumours were doing rounds about Dutt contesting elections, which were denied by the cinestar.
Earlier foray in politics
Dutt had earlier joined the Samajwadi Party about 10 years ago, but left soon after. He was the SP candidate for the Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency in 2009 but withdrew after the court refused to suspend his conviction under the Arms Act. He was later appointed as the general secretary of the party but resigned and later quit .
Dutt’s father late Sunil Dutt, the legendary actor, had represented Mumbai North West constituency as a Congress leader for five terms. In a brief stint, he had also served as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports in the UPA-I government during 2004-May 2005.
Sanjay Dutt’s sister Priya Dutt is a former MP of the Congress from Mumbai.