Urmila Matondkar Congress nominee for Mumbai North
Mumbai: Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar was named on Friday as the Congress candidate for the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency.
She will contest against the main rival, sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP Gopal Shetty.
The decision of the Congress’ Central Election Committee was announced by its general secretary Mukul Wasnik.
Matondkar, 45, who shot to fame as a child star in “Masoom” (1983), was welcomed to the party fold on Wednesday by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other top leaders.
Upon joining the party, she dismissed all apprehensions on her political role, saying : “I am here to stay – even after the elections.”
Talking to the media, she said there were questions pertaining to freedom of people under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I have entered politics to articulate those questions.”
She also praised Rahul saying a leader should be judged by people for their qualities and not their background.
Married to a Kashmiri, M A Mir, Matondkar poses a formidable challenge to Shetty in the constituency, which was once regarded a BJP bastion.
Mumbai North is one of two constituencies out of 48 in the state which has a glamorous personality in the fray in the 2019 elections.
Well-known South Indian actress Navneet Kaur-Rana is the Yuva Swabhiman Party candidate for Amravati in eastern Maharashtra, supported by the 56-party Congress-led Grand Alliance.
The 33-year old actress, married to Badnera independent legislator Ravi Rana – the nephew of yoga guru Ramdev Baba – will lock horns with five-time Shiv Sena MP, Anandrao V Adsul, 71.