LIVE UPDATES: Urmila Matondkar to be nominated as Member of Legislative Council in Maharashtra?


More than a year after Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar lost her Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket, she may be nominated as a Member of Legislative Council in the Maharashtra assembly by the state cabinet. According to media reports, the 46-year-old actor may be one of the 12 MLCs to be nominated by the Governor on the recommendation of the state cabinet.’

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut told news agency PTI that he had heard ‘about the speculation that Urmila Matondkar will be nominated by the government to the Council.’ He added, “It is the prerogative of the state cabinet, which has authorised Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to take a decision.”

Indian Express quoted Raut as saying that ‘Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has spoken to Matondkar and she has agreed to be nominated by the Sena.’

Matondkar had later quit the Congress alleging internal fighting in the party. “My political and social sensibilities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to use me as a mean to fight petty in-house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in Mumbai Congress,” she was quoted by news agency ANI.

Maharashtra is currently being governed by the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP as part of a grand alliance.

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