Joined Shiv Sena because impressed by Uddhav Thackeray’s handling of Covid crisis: Urmila Matondkar

Actor Urmila Matondkar, who joined the Shiv Sena on Tuesday, said she wanted to work with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray after being impressed by his handling of the Covid crisis in the state.

Urmila Matondkar said she was offered the MLC ticket from Shiv Sena as CM Uddhav Thackeray wanted more representation from the arts field in the legislation. (Photo: PTI)

Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar, who joined the Shiv Sena today, praised the Uddhav Thackeray government for its handling of the Covid crisis.

Speaking at a press conference after joining Shiv Sena, Urmila Matondkar said, “The year gone by was difficult for Maharashtra. The Maharashtra government has done a great job. And CM Uddhav Thackeray has done a great job. I am very impressed by his work and also wanted to work with him.”

She also revealed she had received a call from Uddhav Thackeray himself to join the Shiv Sena.

Urmila Matondkar also confirmed that her name has been suggested as a nominee to the Maharashtra Legislative Council by the Shiv Sena.

Talking about her nomination for the MLC post, Urmila Matondkar said, “While offering me an MLC seat, Uddhav ji said that Maharashtra’s legislature needs more representation from culture and arts. I completely respect that.”

“I have been told that my name is recommended (to the governor) for the post of MLC. I wish to work for women’s issues in my political life,” she added.

Referring to her background in films, she added, “I came from a humble Marathi family. I am not a media-made star, but a people-made star.”

The 46-year-old actor, who had taken the political plunge with the Congress last year and unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha polls, said she did not want to comment on her resignation from the party 14 months ago.

On Tuesday, Urmila Matondkar joined the Shiv Sena in the presence of party chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at his residence Matoshri. Uddhav Thackeray’s wife Rashmi Thackeray tied ‘Shiv Bandhan’ to Urmila Matondkar.

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