Bollywood actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar may join the Shiv Sena on Tuesday (December 1), Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Monday.
A senior aide to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also said that Matondkar will join Shiv Sena on Tuesday. "Very late last night things were finalized and she will join the Shiv Sena formally in presence of party president and CM Thackerayji on Tuesday," CM's aide Harshal Pradhan told news agency IANS.
Matondkar's name has been forwarded to Governor BS Koshyari by the Shiv Sena for nomination to the Legislative Council from the governor's quota. The names of 11 others have also been forwarded by the three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for their nomination from the governor's quota. The governor is yet to approve the list of 12 names.
Matondkar had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from the Mumbai North constituency as a Congress candidate. However, she had later quit the party over the functioning of the Mumbai unit of the Congress. Recently, she had criticised actor Kangana Ranaut for comparing Mumbai with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the nepotism issue.