Mumbai: Although suspense continues over Bollywood actor Urmila Mantodkar’s subsequent political transfer, experiences coming from Mumbai counsel that the actor-turned-politician is all set to hitch Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena on Tuesday.
Throwing indications on this regard, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP and chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut had on Monday mentioned that the Bollywood actor will be part of the Shiv Sena on December 1.
“She (Urmila Matondkar) could be part of Shiv Sena tomorrow. She is a Shiv Sainik. We’re joyful that she is becoming a member of the Shiv Sena. This may strengthen the celebration’s ‘Mahila Aghadi’,” Raut mentioned.
Matondkar is more likely to be part of the Shiv Sena within the presence of celebration president and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and State Minister Aaditya Thackeray. After her formal induction into the celebration, she will probably be holding a press convention at 4 PM to announce her future plans.
Sources near the celebration mentioned that Matondkar’s identify, together with 11 others, has been forwarded to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari by the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra authorities for nomination to the Legislative Council from the governor’s quota.
The checklist is pending with Koshyari, the sources mentioned. Nevertheless, there was no affirmation concerning the identical from Mantodkar as but. Matondkar, 46, had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from the Mumbai North constituency.
Final 12 months, she resigned from the Congress, which is a key ally of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities in Maharashtra, citing petty in-house politics within the Mumbai Congress as the explanation.
Even earlier than the 2019 Maharashtra meeting elections, speculations had been rife that she would be part of the Shiv Sena, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Occasion and even Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, however she had scoffed it as ”rumours.”
Sources from the Shiv Sena mentioned the celebration management was significantly impressed with how Matondkar slammed actor Kangana Ranaut at a time when the Shiv Sena was additionally engaged in a disagreement with the latter.
The controversy started with Ranaut’s declare that she “feared the Mumbai Police greater than the film mafia”, following which the Shiv Sena mentioned she shouldn’t reside within the Maharashtra capital if that had been the case.
Ranaut then drew a parallel between Mumbai and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which triggered a extra vehement response from the Shiv Sena. The Sena-controlled Mumbai civic physique ultimately served a demolition discover to Ranaut’s workplace bungalow in Bandra for alleged unlawful development and took motion inside 24 hours.
Matondkar and Ranaut had been additionally lodged in a disagreement after the latter had known as her a ‘gentle porn star’ in an interview to a information channel. Matondkar had instructed Ranaut that her hometown Himachal Pradesh is the origin of medication. She later accused the actress of enjoying the sufferer and lady card and questioned the Y-security she acquired whereas arriving in Mumbai from Mandi.
Shiv Sena, on its half, plans to induct actor Urmila Matondkar into the celebration fold as it’s reportedly impressed together with her dealing with of the Ranaut difficulty. Maharashtra’s ruling celebration hopes that her induction will add a nationally-recognised face and voice, nicely acquainted with Marathi, Hindi in addition to English, to characterize the celebration.
“Urmila Matondkar has all the time acknowledged that she respects Balasaheb Thackeray. She is a typical Mumbaiite, a Marathi woman who loves town and needs to work for its improvement. She is well-read in Marathi literature,” Manisha Kayande, a Shiv Sena MLC and celebration spokesperson, had mentioned.