Bollywood superstar ‘Dreamgirl’ - actress-turned-politician Hema Malini has made Mathura in Uttar Pradesh a headline constituency over the last few years, and took on Kunwar Narendra Singh of RLD and Mahesh Pathak of the Congress in 2019, in what she said would be her last election.
She won a second term by defeating Singh with a margin of 2,93471 votes.
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Hema Malini was a Rajya Sabha MP from 2003 to 2009. She defeated Jayant Singh from the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, receiving a thumping 53.40 per cent of the votes. Jayant is the son of Ajit Singh, the chief of RLD which is part of the Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh along with with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party.
The seat was in the hands of the BJP since 1991-2004 after which it went to the Congress, and later the RLD in 2009. Jayant Singh was fighting in Baghpat for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections against BJP's Satyapal Singh whereas his father Ajit was contesting in Muzzafarnagar against Sanjeev Balyan.
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Malini's campaigning came under the spotlight for her amusing remarks about issues concerning her constituency.
While speaking about the 'monkey menace' in the city, she had said, "Coexistence hai na. Monkey kahan jaega? Problem kya hai, yahan aane waale yaatri Frooti dete hain, samosa de de ke unko kharab kar diya. Unko sirf phal dijiye." The audience burst out laughing.
Malini also raked up a controversy for using a 'fancy' tractor ride in Mathura. In a video accessed by Republic TV, Hema Malini was seen driving a tractor with desert-coolers attached, in a farm near Mathura’s Govardhan.
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