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Who is Archana Gautam? UP Congress Candidate Trolled For Her Bikini Pictures

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Congress has fielded actor-model Archana Gautam from Hastinapur constituency for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections. Speaking about her bikini pictures, the model asked people not to merge her media profession with her career as a politician. Here’s what we know about the UP-Congress candidate.

Actor and model Archana Gautam has been given a ticket by UP Congress from Hastinapur constituency for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections starting from February 10. The party had rolled out its first list of candidates from various constituencies on Thursday, January 13. It consisted a total of 125 candidates out of which 50 are women.

The model gained a ticket within two months of joining the party. In a conversation with ANI, she said that she aims at development and promotion of tourism in Hastinapur if she gets elected.

The Hindu Mahasabha has condemned this candidature claiming that it has hurt the sentiments of many Hindus and Jains as Hastinapur holds religious importance to them as a pilgrimage centre. Gautam reverted on such backlash considering it as mere trolling of her profession. “I consider it nothing more than just trolling. I was born in Hastinapur, this is my birthplace. I know the region in and out and that is why Priyanka (Gandhi) didi found me suitable. Those who are circulating my bikini-clad pictures have exposed their own mindset. I am proud of what I do,” she said to an interviewer with Times of India.

The Hastinapur Congress candidate has been trolled for her bikini-clad pictures as they went viral on social media soon after Congress announced her candidacy. Here’s what we know about her:

  1. Archana Gautam is an Indian actress, model and beauty pageant title holder from Uttar Pradesh.
  2. She has been crowned as Miss Uttar Pradesh 2014, Miss Bikini India 2018, Miss Cosmo India 2018 and Miss Talent 2018.
  3. Gautam debuted her Bollywood career in 2015. She has been seen in movies including Great Grand Masti (2016), Haseena Parker (2017), and Baaraat Company (2017).
  4. Gautam has also appeared in a music video for T-series and has been spotted in the Jivi Records song Buggu Oye.
  5. She joined the Congress party in November 2021.
  6. With a net worth approximately 1.5 million USD, Gautam is known as Sunny Leone of the South.
  7. Gautam has an Instagram following of 734K.