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Are celebrities just a quick-fix to woo voters?

Apr, 30 2019 IST

With stars making a beeline to take the uncertain political plunge amid the hectic poll season, Election2019 is turning out to be starriest of all. But doesn’t fielding these celebrities at the last moment demotivate party workers, who have been the rightful claimants for MP tickets?