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Urmila Matondkar Joins Shiv Sena, A Year After Exiting Congress

Urmila Matondkar Joins Shiv Sena

Bollywood actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar joined the Shiv Sena on Tuesday (December 1). The 46-year-old actress has been formally inducted by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Last year, Matondkar had resigned from the Congress party saying that she was unhappy with “petty in-house politics”. She had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North on a Congress ticket but lost to BJP’s Gopal Shetty. After spending five months in the party, she had quit. Matondkar cited “lack of leadership” and “in-fighting” as the major reasons behind her decision. According to a recent report, Matondkar is all set to re-enter mainstream politics.

Matondkar took to Twitter and shared this video in which she thanks Udhav Thackeray and her supporters.

Her induction into the Shiv Sena comes weeks after her name was picked for the Maharashtra Legislative Council nomination. “I stand by all my thoughts and ideologies and will continue to work for people to the best of my capacity with honesty and dignity,” she had said after quitting from the Congress.

Matondkar earlier grabbed the headlines when Kangana Ranaut called her a “soft porn star”. The comment came after Matondkar defended the Mumbai Police following Ranaut’s criticism of the force. She had expressed concern over Ranaut’s Mumbai-PoK remark and said that she is “not only insulting the city, but people of the state at large.”

Here’s a clip from Ranaut’s interview:

If one person shouts all the time, doesn’t mean the person is speaking the truth. Some people want to crib all the time and play the victim card and if all that fails, they play the woman card,” Matondkar  had earlier made a statement. Read more on her rape remark here.

Matondkar is well-known for her performances in movies like Rangeela, Judaai, Satya, Khoobsurat and Jungle. She has also ventured into Telugu and Tamil cinema with films like AnthamGaayamIndian and Anaganaga Oka Roju.

Feature Image Credit: Zee News

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