The Hush Post | 16:20 | Two-minute read
Actor Urmila Matondkar joined the Congress party on Wednesday. She met Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi who welcomed her in the party fold and wished her the best.
Media reports say Urmila Matondkar might contest the Lok Sabha election from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat.
However, she clarified, “I am here because I believe in the ideology of Congress and what the party stands for. I have not joined the party for the sake of elections. I am here to stay.”
The actor said that she felt the need to join the Congress party as the freedom to express was under attack in the country. There have been numerous such examples in the last five years, she said.
Showering praises on the Congress, Urmila Matondkar said that the party participated in the freedom struggle and hence stood for freedom. “Today is a significant day for me as I have formally entered politics. My life has been inspired by Mahatma Gandhi from the days of my childhood,” said Matondkar.
The actor lauded Rahul Gandhi and said such a leader is the need of the hour.
Welcoming her into the Congress fold, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the actor will contribute in spreading Congress ideology and strengthening the party.
“She has been an inspiration for the youth on how with your hard work, commitment and talent, she has won the hearts of many and achieved a lot,” said Surjewala.
Newly appointed Mumbai Regional Congress chief Milind Deora and his predecessor Sanjay Nirupam were also present on the occasion.