Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar, who quit politics, within just five months, is about to start second innings of her political career and she is going to start afresh political journey. The Bollywood actress is all set to join Shiv Sena today. Urmila contested the Lok Sabha election from Mumbai North on a Congress ticket in 2019, in which she had to face defeat. She later quit the party over how the Mumbai Congress functioned. Earlier there was discussion that Urmila will join Shiv Sena on Monday, but Sanjay Raut made it clear by tweeting that she will join the party on Tuesday.
According to the information, Urmila Matondkar will go to Matoshree on December 1 at 12.30 pm. At the same time, Urmila will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and join Shiv Sena. Harshal Pradhan, a close aide of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, said on Sunday that Matondkar would join the Shiv Sena in the presence of the Chief Minister.
Recently, the Shiv Sena sent a list of 12 names, including Urmila’s name, to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on behalf of the MahavikasAghadi government for nomination in the Legislative Council. These nominees will be sent to Legislative Council from the quota of the Governor.
According to reports, the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have sent names of four candidates each from each party on behalf of the coalition. The NCP has sent the names of Eknath Khadse, Raju Shetty, Yashpal Bhinge and Anand Shinde, while the Congress has sent the names of Rajni Patil, Sachin Sawant, Muzaffar Hussain and Anirudh Vankar. At the same time, Shiv Sena has sent the names of Urmila Matondkar, Chandrakant Raghuvanshi, Vijay Karanjkar and Nitin Bangude Patil.
Recently, Urmila Mantodkar criticized KanganaRanaut for comparing Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). When KanganaRanaut compared Mumbai to ‘Pak Occupied Kashmir’, at that time Shiv Sena’s ally Congress and NCP kept quiet. In this uneasy situation, Urmila openly criticized Kangana’s statement.
Urmila said, “The whole country is struggling with the problem of drugs. Does Kangana know where the drugs come from in Himachal? They should start with their home state.”
Taking a dig at Urmila, Kangana described her as a ‘soft porn star’ which was criticized by other Bollywood stars and the media. In a retweet, Urmila thanked these people as ‘the real people of India’. The restraint and candidness that Urmila introduced in the entire case also gave the Shiv Sena reason to name Urmila for the Legislative Council candidature.
Reports also claim that Congress itself wanted to nominate Urmila for the Legislative Council but due to differences with the Congress leaders of Mumbai, Urmila herself was not keen on it. She agreed when CM Uddhav Thackeray talked to her about this. Congress did not object to the Shiv Sena’s proposal. In defence of this move, Shiv Sena said that Urmila had resigned from Congress. Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant also said, “Urmila left the party last year.” It is believed that the Shiv Sena sees the image of Urmila Matondkar as an empowered woman among Hindi and English voters who is a good speaker and is comfortable speaking up for the party at the national level. The icing on the cake is that Urmila is equally close to Marathi voters. Urmila can also be made a party spokesperson in future.