Mumbai: Political circles are abuzz with speculation over famed Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar’s possible entry into politics as a Congress candidate in Mumbai, sources said on Monday. The Masoom (1983) child actress is widely considered in the reckoning for a Congress nomination from Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency.
When contacted by IANS, Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam, state Congress spokespersons and Matondkar’s family members declined to comment. However, political sources reveal her name is at “an advanced stage of consideration by the party leadership” and that the final decision could be announced shortly.
Mumbai’s six Lok Sabha constituencies will vote on April 29 along with 17 others in the state’s 4th phase of polling. If nominated, Matondkar’s formidable rival would be BJP incumbent MP Gopal Shetty in the constituency that was once regarded a BJP bastion.
However, Bollywood actor Govinda (Ahuja) had earned the title of ‘giant-killer’ in 2004 when, in a major upset, he trounced the former Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, the current UP Governor. Naik had faced a second consecutive defeat in 2009 at the hands of Nirupam, who was defeated in 2014 by Shetty during the BJP-wave which catapulted Narendra Modi as the PM.