Bollywood actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar, who unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket, joined the Shiv Sena on Tuesday. Immediately after becoming a member of the Uddhav Thackeray-led celebration, Matondkar took a swipe at actress Kangana Ranaut, saying “unnecessary importance” has been given to the latter.
The disagreement between the BJP and the ruling Sena had develop into sharper after Ranaut in contrast Mumbai with Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) following the dying of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June this 12 months. Matondkar (46), who stop the Congress in September 2019, practically 5 months after she was defeated by BJP’s Gopal Shetty from North Mumbai Lok Sabha seat, joined the Sena within the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at his residence ‘Matoshri’ in suburban Bandra.
Sena sources stated Matondkar’s identify was forwarded to Governor B S Koshyari by the Sena not too long ago for nomination to the Legislative Council from the governor’s quota. In her first remarks after becoming a member of the Sena, Matondkar stated “unnecessary importance” has been given to actor Kangana Ranaut.
“Earlier interviews given by me were part of a larger interview, but most of the questions were asked about Kangana.I think she has been given undue importance, and (I) do not think of giving any further importance to her,” she instructed reporters.
Matondkar additionally confirmed that her identify has been instructed as a nominee to the Maharashtra Legislative Council by the Sena. “I have been told that my name is recommended (to governor)for the post of MLC. I wish to work for women’s issues in my political life,” she stated.
When requested about her resignation from the Congress, the actor stated she had stop that celebration however not public service. “I am impressed by the leadership of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and his work, hence I decided to join the party. I had received a call from Thackeray himself before joining the party,” Matondkar revealed.
She stated Sena’s girls’s wing is already sturdy and he or she can be glad to work with them. Matondkar additionally hailed the efficiency of the Thackeray-led MVA authorities, which not too long ago accomplished one 12 months in workplace.
“The Maharashtra government faced various challenges like COVID-19 pandemic, heavy rains and so forth, however the authorities has carried out extraordinarily nicely on this one 12 months (since coming to energy in November 2019). I feel Sena has accomplished nicely on this check of governance,” she stated. Ranaut and Matondkar have been engaged in a disagreement.
Matondkar had earlier stated that “the entire country is facing the menace of drugs. Does she (Kangana) know Himachal is the origin of drugs? She should start from her own state”.