Elimination of Mumbai 'Idol' contestant figures in Assembly

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2006, 18:56 [IST]
 

Mumbai, Mar 16 (UNI) The elimination of Amey Date, the contestant in popular reality show 'Indian Idol', figured in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly with a BJP member seeking Government intervention in stopping the SMS ''racket'' during voting.

Mr Devendra Phadanvis (BJP) charged that Date has been eliminated just because he happens to be Marathi-speaking.

''There seems to be a feeling that the earlier winner was a Marathi and if another Maharashtrian wins again, the show would lose its following in other parts of the country,'' he claimed.

He said there was a lot of resentment on this development in Mumbai adding the Government should step in to stop the SMS ''racket'' involved in the voting process.

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