On Monday, popular Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has cast her vote in the fourth round of ongoing election in Mumbai’s Khar along with a number of actors. She is known for her strong statements, has launched a veiled attack on Congress saying India was “gaining independence in the real sense” as earlier “we were slaves” of the “Italian government”.
Ms. Ranaut urges voters to cast their votes and launch salvo against Congress. She was quoted saying, “It’s a very important day. This day comes once in five years. Please make use of it. I feel India is gaining independence in the real sense of the term on Monday. Because before this, we were servants of the Mughal, the British and the Italian governments. Please exercise your ‘swaraj (independence)’ and vote.”
The “Italian government” claims is an apparent reference to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi as she was born and raised in Italy, before getting married to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Mrs. Gandhi has led the grand old party for over two decades ahead of passing on the baton to her son, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi.
In a stinging attack on Congress, Ms. Ranaut said that “the state the country was in during the Congress rule, it can’t get worse than that.”
Recently, Ms. Ranaut has been very vocal about her views on politics and has taken shots at her co-mates for not taking any stand. She has called out to actress Alia Bhatt and actor Ranbir Kapoor, who refuses to talk politics and further termed her performance in the recent movie Gully Boy as mediocre. Her singer Rangoli Chandel is also her manager, took a jibe at Ms. Bhatt by calling her “British” as she holds a British passport.
On the big screen, Ms. Ranaut is a three-time national award winner, last appeared in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.
In Mumbai, all six constituencies voted in the fourth phase on April 29 in the ongoing seven rounds of elections and the results will be counted on May 23.