Bhubaneswar: Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, and cricketer- turned-politicians Navjot Singh Sidhu and Mohammad Azharuddin are among the 40 star campaigners who will be canvassing for the grand old party in Odisha. (Also read: Congress Includes Karti Chidambaram in List of Candidates From Sivaganga) Also Read - No Plans To Club Remaining West Bengal Poll Phases into One, Says Election Commission

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Among others who have found a mention in the list of star campaigners, released by the grand old party on Monday, are senior leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, his Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel, ministers T S Singh Deo, Susmita Dev and Jitendra Singh. Also Read - Fact Check: Heritage Sites Including Taj Mahal to be Given on Lease by Govt? Here's The Truth Behind Viral Claim

Actor-turned-politicians Khushboo, Nagma, Raj Babbar and Vijayshanti are also set to visit the state to campaign for the party candidates.

The party’s state unit president, Niranjan Patnaik, and senior state leaders Chiranjib Biswal, Jaydev Jena, Prasad Harichandan, Jagannath Patnaik and Narasingha Mishra have also made it to the star-campaigner list.

The Congress has so far announced candidates for eight Lok Sabha seats and 77 Assembly constituencies.