Just a day after joining the Congress party, Urmila Matondkar attacked the government on Thursday by claiming that there is ‘an atmosphere of hate in the country and the artists are being deliberately targeted’.
Having been inducted into the party following a meeting with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, the actor-turned-politician said to reporters that she is completely against personal politics and is fully prepared for any sort of attack based on her personal life.
“Why has the government led it to a point where the margin of tolerance is so high? Why are artists targeted on the grounds of their religion in our country? Who is the government to draw lines between being a patriot or an anti-national? Or being religious and non-religious based on one’s actions? I mean leave that for us (people) to decide”, Urmila Matondkar said.
With Congress placing its faith in Matondkar to be a potential game-changer, she said,”Because I’m an artist with big fan following maybe my words would be voiced on a larger space by taking them seriously and possibly even heeded. That will be a very big win for me.”
In addition, she said that digging up past grievances and criticizing Congress in 2014 was correct but asked what the government had delivered to the people of our country in the past five years.
"Aapne logon tak kya pohochaya hai? Nafrat ki raajneeti pohochayi hai. (What have you given the people? You have given them politics of hate)” said the newly joined Congress’ candidate.
Following her induction she had given a statement at the press conference saying that her family has shaped her personality on the principles of Gandhi and Nehru, and she is here (at the Congress) to stay and not to show glamour. She said she joined the Congress because she believes in the party's ideology.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala and newly appointed Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora inducted Matondkar into the party in the presence of senior Maharashtra Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam.
The Congress is likely to field Urmila Matondkar from the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency - a seat from where Sanjay Nirupam lost to BJP's Gopal Shetty in 2014 by over four lakh votes.