Kangana also has the freedom to express and criticise: Urmila Matondkar

Former Congress leader, Urmila Matondkar, on December 1, 2020, joined Shiv Sena in the presence of CM Uddhav Thackeray. She conducted a press conference regarding the same and shared her views about MVA government, Hindutva, Kangana Ranaut and more.

Kangana also has the freedom to express and criticise: Urmila Matondkar

Bollywood Actress Urmila Matondkar, on Tuesday, December 1, joined Shiv Sena, in the presence of Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Post the joining, she held a press conference and commented on the connection between Hindutva, Bollywood, drugs and also shared her thoughts about actress Kangana Ranaut.

Speaking at a press conference in Mumbai, Urmila Matondkar said that there was no pressure on her to join the Shiv Sena. She stated that when she was in Congress, she did not expect a post, and she does not expect the same in Shiv Sena. All she wants to do is work for people and for the party as an ordinary Shiv Sainik. "I am very proud to be a part of Shiv Sena's strong women front. When I started my career in the film industry, I was a simple Marathi girl. I was made a star by the people, and similarly, I would like to be a 'People-made' leader," said Urmila Matondkar.

Regarding the recommendation on the Legislative Council, Urmila added that she knows that her name has been recommended to the Governor for the Legislative Council, and wants the status of the Maharashtra Legislative Council to be enhanced, whereby CM Uddhav Thackeray has also shown his support.

On being asked about Hindutva, Urmila Matondkar said that being secular does not mean hating other religions. "I am a Hindu by birth and also a Hindu by karma. God is in the temple. In the same manner, our religion is a matter of intimacy and faith. So I didn't feel the need to stand at the door every time. But as a pro-Hindu, where the question of Dharma has to come, I have acted upon them and will continue to do so. Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) has done a very good job throughout the year. Be it was the Corona crisis, the storm or any other calamity, the government has focused on solving people's problems rather than playing politics," she said. 

Matondkar also clarified that it was very important that people of all religions are given equal importance without any of them receiving special treatment.

When asked about answering Kangana's criticism, she said the democracy is there to criticize her and Kangana also has the freedom right to express and criticise. Moreover, this issue was being given undue importance. "The country's politics is currently in a toxic atmosphere. The most disgusting attempt to tarnish the image of Bollywood took place in the past. While I did not speak against anyone then, I do not wish to speak about it now too. I am speaking on behalf of Maharashtra. I don't want to get publicity by making false accusations, because that is a very easy way." concluded Matondkar.

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