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Urmila Matondkar-Mir joins Congress, may contest from Mumbai North

Earlier, actresses Aishwarya Joshi and Shilpa Shinde were considered for Mumbai North, but Urmila Matondkar is a more serious contender

Mumbai: Bollywood film actress Urmila Matondkar has joined the Congress. Party president Rahul Gandhi has welcomed Urmila’s decision to join his organisation. Urmila joined the Congress at a function attended by Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.

There is speculation that the Congress can field the 1990s’ actress from Mumbai North for the Lok Sabha election 2019. However, no official statement has been issued regarding this from the Congress or Urmila.

Urmila thanked the Congress president and all those who welcomed her to the party. She said this day was very important to her, as she was stepping into active politics.

Urmila speaks Congress lingo the very first day

“Indeed, from my childhood, my thinking matched with the views of Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. My personality is very similar to their ideas. That is why I have decided to join the Congress,” Urmila said.

As soon as Urmila joined the party, she started attacking the Modi government. She said that the Constitution was under attack. Urmila made it clear that she had joined politics influenced by the ideology of the Congress and she was not going to go anywhere else in the future. She would stay, she said, in politics for a long time.

The Mumbai North seat has been dominated by the BJP and Shiv Sena for years. The Congress has always had to face tough competition for this seat. This seat was defeated by Sanjay Nirupam of the Congress had lost this seat by a huge margin of votes last time.

A source in the Congress said, earlier, actresses like Aishwarya Joshi and Shilpa Shinde were being considered for the Mumbai North seat as well, but the party did not take these names seriously.

Polling for six Lok Sabha seats in Mumbai will be held on 29 April in the fourth phase of the general election. On this day, the fate of 17 other seats will be decided. If Urmila Matondkar is made the candidate from Mumbai North, she will face current BJP MP Gopal Shetty in the contest.

Govinda fought from Mumbai North too

Actor Govinda defeated former Petroleum Minister Ram Naik in Mumbai North in 2004. Naik is currently the governor of Uttar Pradesh. Naik had to face defeat again in Sanjay Nirupam in 2009. But during the Modi wave in 2014, Gopal Shetty defeated Nirupam. After this, Sanjay Nirupam shifted to Mumbai North-West seat, where he has a good grip.

Personal life

1990s’ screen sensation Urmila got married to a Kashmiri Muslim businessman Mohsin Akhtar Mir in 2016. Mir, about 10 years younger than his wife, has had a brief stint in modelling.

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