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Actor Urmila Matondkar joins Shiv Sena

Actor Urmila Matondkar joins Shiv Sena in front of party chief Uddhav Thackeray.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Actor Urmila Matondkar, who had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from north Mumbai constituency as a Congress candidate, joined the Shiv Sena on Tuesday in the presence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi at their residence.

“I entered the film industry as an outsider and became successful with the support of my audience. I am not a media-made star. I have started my political innings with Shiv Sena and I will try my best to become a people’s leader,” she told reporters. Asked why she had quit the Congress, the actor said she had resigned 14 months ago.

Actor Urmila Matondkar joins Shiv Sena

Ms. Matondkar said her name had been suggested by the Sena for the State legislative council along with eleven others. “I was never asked by the Sena to join the party. I have decided to do this on my own,” she said. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray offered her a seat in the Upper House.

The actor said the Sena was a party that believed in Hindutva, but its Hindutva was not about hating another religion. “I was born a Hindu. I practice Hinduism. I never felt the need to tell this to the world because religion is a personal thing and not something that has to be proclaimed by shouting at others,” she said.

On her verbal tiff with Kanagna Ranaut, Ms. Matondkar said the actor was already in the news for no reason and she wouldn’t want to give her more media publicity by speaking about her.

“Many people have already started trolling me and I am sure I will be facing more trolling in future. These trolls only prove that what I have started doing is correct,” she said.

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