Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar joins Congress, but can she emulate Govinda?


After weeks of speculations, veteran Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar on Wednesday joined the Congress ahead of this year’s Lok Sabha polls. The announcement on Urmila formally joining the Congress was made after her meeting with Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Urmila Matondkar

A tweet by the Congress’ official Twitter handle read, “Congress President @RahulGandhi welcomes Smt. Urmila Matondkar to the Congress Party.”

The newly appointed Mumbai Congress Chief Milind Deora said that ‘exciting details’ about her new role will follow soon. He wteeted, “Urmila Matondkar joined @INCIndia in the presence of @RahulGandhi today. Beginning of a new journey – exciting details to follow !”

There are reports that Urmila may be fielded as the Congress candidate from Mumbai North parliamentary seat in this year’s parliamentary polls. The BJP has fielded Gopal Shetty from here.

In 2014, Shetty had defeated the outgoing Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam by over four lakh votes from here. Nirupam on Tuesday said that he was confident of Urmila’s victory from here in this year’s polls. If 45-year-old Urmila is indeed fielded as the Congress candidate, she will be the second Bollywood star to be fielded from here by the party. In 2004, actor Govinda had defeated the then Union Minister Ram Naik while contesting the polls as a Congress candidate.