The actress who recently joined the Congress party, Urmila Matondkar on Monday rode a bike to file her poll papers from Mumbai North, where she has been fielded against BJP’s Gopal Shetty.
The actress-turned-politician joined the party last month after a meet with Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi. She took out a roadshow after filing nomination and greeted crowds with folded hands from the sunroof of an SUV and was seen wearing a turban.
The actress took to twitter to share a picture of the roadshow and thanked people for the “immense support”. “Thank you all members of media and all my supporters for immense support. #AapliMumbaichiMulagi, (sic)” she wrote.
Thank you all members of media and all my supporters for immense support. 🙏😇 #AapliMumbaichiMulagipic.twitter.com/t7lG4ehxY5
— Urmila Matondkar (@OfficialUrmila) April 8, 2019
The 45 year old actress who has appeared in popular Hindi films like “Rangeela” and “Satya” and in the critically-acclaimed “Masoom” as a child artiste, has been surrounded by controversies since she joined politics.
Ms Matondkar faced a lot of backlash on Twitter for using Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s photo during a roadside campaign. The Election Commission in a directive told political parties to not use the images of armed forces personnel in poll campaigns.
A complaint was earlier filed by a BJP worker, Suresh Nakhua, against Ms Matondkar. Mr Nakhua had accused her of making anti-Hindu comments in a TV interview. The actress dismissed the complaint, filed last week, as “bogus, baseless and filled with ulterior motives” and said: “I have been grossly misquoted by the complainant, who is a BJP member, with malafide intentions.”