Urmila Matondkar joined Shiv Sena on Tuesday, a year after quitting the Congress party following the Lok Sabha election defeat.Matondkar, who had contested the national election last year on Congress ticket from the Mumbai North constituency, joined Sena in presence of party chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
"I don't have any problem with Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi or their leadership. I had said that I didn't get the required support during the Lok Sabha elections. Here, CM Uddhav Thackeray called me and offered me an MLC ticket," she said after joining the Sena.
The 46-year-old has been nominated by the Sena to the Legislative Council under the Governor's quota. A list of 12 names, including Matondkar’s name has been forwarded to Governor BS Koshyari by the three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for their nomination from the governor's quota. The governor is yet to approve the list.
The actor-turned-politician had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections against BJP’s sitting MP Gopal Shetty but had hogged the limelight with her campaign and political understanding.
Matondkar recently engaged in a war of words with actor Kangana Ranaut, who equated Mumbai with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and criticised the Thackeray government in the state.