The Congress will hold division-wise meetings from Thursday to decide the possible candidates for the Assembly elections and finalise the seats to be contested by the party. It will also hold a meeting in Navi Mumbai to take stock of the Konkan division. “I will visit each and every division of Maharashtra to understand the party’s strength on the ground,” State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said. The party has received over 900 applications seeking candidature for the polls, which Mr. Thorat said is a positive sign. “Not every election is the same. We lost the Lok Sabha election, but we are confident of making a comeback exactly as we did in 1980. The people still trust us and the growing number of applications seeking a party ticket is an indication of that,” he said.The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) held deliberations on seat sharing for two consecutive days. “We are confident about contesting the polls together. We also want all secular and progressive forces in the State to join us,” Mr. Thorat said. When asked if the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) leader Prakash Ambedkar would be a part of the seat-sharing discussions, Mr. Thorat said the Congress is always ready for talks. “We have informed the VBA that we want to hold talks and I am confident we will soon be doing so,” the State Congress chief said. Last month, the VBA had ridiculed the Congress, and had made an offer of 40 of the 288 Assembly seats in the State to the Congress. The Congress had termed the offer non-serious. Meanwhile, the Congress and NCP leaders said the alliance talks will continue for some time to sort out certain issues and chalk out a strategy to accommodate all the allies.
Shah Rukh Khan, Badshah of Bollywood, is taking some time off from films and chilling with his family. After the failure of his big Bollywood film Zero, he is conscious of his choices and is yet to sign a movie in Bollywood. However, for the last couple of days, it has been rumoured that he will be seen in a cameo in Tamil film Bigil, which stars leading hero Vijay in the lead role.Speculation is rife that SRK will be shaking a leg with Vijay, who is known for his dancing skills. Another set of reports suggest that the Bollywood actor will be seen in a 15-minute role in the film as the antagonist. It was also reported that he will be shooting a stunt sequence with Vijay in the coming months.However, Vijay’s team vehemently denied the inclusion of Shah Rukh Khan in Bigil. A source close to the Bigil team told IndiaToday.in, “We don’t know what fuelled these rumours, but Shah Rukh Khan is definitely not doing a cameo or any role in the film. This is baseless speculation.”Earlier this year, Shah Rukh Khan and director Atlee (who is directing Bigil) were seen enjoying an IPL match in Chennai. After the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkatta Knight Riders match ended, SRK was snapped at Atlee’s office in the heart of the city.This led to rumours about a possible collaboration between the two in the near future. It was also said that they would do a separate film together. At this point, talks could still be in the nascent stage as Atlee has his total concentration on Vijay’s Bigil, which is on the verge of completion.advertisementBigil marks the third collaboration between Atlee and Vijay after two blockbuster hits – Theri and Mersal. The sports drama, produced by AGS Entertainment, is about women’s football. The film also includes Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Yogi Babu, Vivekh, Indhuja Ravichandran and Varsha Bollamma among others.ALSO SEE | Shah Rukh Khan to do a cameo in Vijay-starrer Bigil?ALSO SEE | Thalapathy 63 is now Bigil: Vijay rocks in two roles as gangster and football playerALSO WATCH | Vijay’s Athirindhi cleared without cuts, says CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi