Actress Urmila Matondkar to contest Lok Sabha Polls from Mumbai North
45-year-old actress had joined the Congress on Wednesday saying that she was waiting for the moment for a long time as she wants to fight against the politics of hate.
Milind Deora, who took charge as Mumbai Congress chief this week, pushed for her nomination as the party's candidate in Mumbai North, a constituency held by the BJP.
With the announcement, she will be contesting against BJP’s Gokulnath Shetty.
Urmila Matondkar joined the Congress after meeting with party chief Rahul Gandhi. The actor said for her, it was a step towards "active politics" after growing up as part of a family that believed in social awareness and strong political ideals.
"I am taking my first step in active politics. I am from a family that has shaped my political views based on the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel. It is another matter that despite being from an academics-oriented family, I joined films. But I had social awareness right from childhood," said the actor.
Mumbai will vote on April 29 in the fourth phase of polling for the national election from April 11 to May 19.