Congress fields Urmila in Mumbai TV anchor Supriya Shrinate in UP

Congress fields Urmila in Mumbai TV anchor Supriya Shrinate in UP

first_imgMumbai/ New Delhi: Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar, who joined the Congress this week, is the latest Bollywood figure fielded by the party from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency, a BJP stronghold. Matondkar is pitted against BJP MP Gopal Shetty, who defeated former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.The Congress also changed its candidate in Uttar Pradesh’s Maharajganj by now fielding Supriya Shrinate in place of Tanushree Tripathi, the daughter of jailed politician Amarmani Tripathi, after facing widespread criticism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMatondkar, who has appeared in popular Hindi films like “Rangeela” and “Satya” and in the critically-acclaimed “Masoom” as a child artiste, will make her electoral debut with the April 29 poll in that constituency. In the past, the Congress had fielded Bollywood actor Govinda from the Mumbai North seat, which he won. According to sources in the Congress, the party was looking for a known face to take on Shetty, perceived as being a strong candidate. The search ended with Matondkar, the source added. “Some celebrities recently got associated with the party. Matondkar happens to be the most popular name among them,” the source said. BJP leader Ram Naik, currently the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, had represented the constituency between 1989 and 1999.last_img

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