New Delhi: BJP is considering fielding Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit as a candidate from Pune for 2019 Loksabha elections. BJP president Amit Shah met with the actress this June at her Mumbai residence. Amit Shah visited her for the campaign “Sampark for Samarthan”. During this visit, he informed the actress about the achievements of the Modi Government.
A senior state BJP leader told PTI Thursday that her name has been shortlisted for the Pune Lok Sabha seat.
“The party is seriously considering giving candidature to Madhuri Dixit in the 2019 general elections. We think the Pune Lok Sabha constituency will be better for her,” he said.
“The party is in the process of finalising the list of probable for several Lok Sabha seats and Dixit’s name has been shortlisted for the Pune Lok Sabha constituency…she is being seriously considered for it,” the leader said.
2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had snatched the Pune Lok Sabha seat from the Congress
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had snatched the Pune Lok Sabha seat from the Congress, with Anil Shirole winning by a margin of over three lakh votes.
This is not the first time a Bollywood starlet has taken the Political turn. Bollywood actress Hema Malini who is considered as a ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood.
She made her entry into politics after she did an election campaign for actor Vinod Khanna in Lok Sabha Elections of 1999.
Kiron Kher joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2009 and campaigned for the party from across the country during the elections, including in Chandigarh for the 2011 municipal corporation elections.
BJP declared her as the Lok Sabha candidate from Chandigarh for General Elections, 2014. In May 2014, she won the seat with 1,91,362 votes, defeating sitting MP, Congress leader Pawan Bansal.
On the plans to field the actor, a senior BJP functionary said, “Such tactics were implemented by Narendra Modi in Gujarat when he became the chief minister for the first time. He changed all the candidates in local bodies election and the party reaped benefits of that decision.”
“As fresh faces were introduced, there was nothing to criticise them with. It left the opposition shocked and the BJP won maximum seats and retained power,” he said.