Is the Dutt family on the verge of a reunion? That the question on everybody's mind after Sanjay Dutt's declaration of "I voted for my sister Priya Dutt", after coming out of the polling booth. His wife Manyata Dutt echoed the same words.
It is quite a turn after Sanju Baba openly blamed her party for his father's death and became the general secretary of the Samajwadi Party. The tension between Sanju-Maana and the sisters began before he joined the opposition party. (Sanju even questioned Priya using the Dutt name in stead of her husband's name. Sisters Priya and Namrata were not invited to Sanju's first anniversary bash in February. So this vote of confidence for Priya from the husband and wife seems like a olive branch.
People are wondering whether this means the Dutts will all be one big happy family again. Sanjay Dutt says he could vote for Priya without hesitation, "as there is no Samajwadi Party candidate in Bandra. If there was, there would have been a problem."
Manyata is more vocal. "I believe in candidates. If voting for one person is for the betterment of my constituency, why shouldn't I vote for Priya? It's most important that I vote for a candidate, especially my family, whom I know than someone I don't know. I have never had any problems with Sanju's sisters but always considered them to be like my own family. Nor have I ever spoken against them. To me, Sanju's sisters and family is a priority over and above everything else."
Namrata Dutt says, "I wouldn't like to comment on Sanjay and Manayata's voting for Priya. I can't say I am happy or sad... I have no emotions in me. I can only speak for my husband and daughter Saachi. I was very excited to vote for my sister. I am very proud to vote for Priya as is my family.
Her goodness and selflessness reminds me of our father (Sunil Dutt). I haven't spoken to Sanjay in months. If there are differences between family or friends, one has to just pick up the phone to sort it out. There has to be dialogue between the two parties. I don't know if Sanjay has been in touch with Priya."