A BJP worker has accused actress Urmila Matondkar of making ‘anti-Hindu’ comments in a TV interview, has called a complaint lodged against her in Mumbai as “bogus, baseless and filled with ulterior motives.” BJP’s Suresh Nakhua has also named the Congress National Chief and senior journalist in his complaint.
On Sunday, Ms. Matondkar said in a statement that “I have been grossly misquoted by the complainant, who is a BJP member, with malafide intentions.” She claims that she had been objected to “fake, divisive and violent ideology” being enhanced by the BJP in the name of Hinduism, to “misguide people and bring disrepute to the great religion.”
Ms. Matondkar was quoted saying, “Hinduism is an epitome of peace, inclusiveness, and non-violence. I believe in Hinduism which embraces benevolent concepts of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ (The whole world is a family) and ‘Ahimsa Paramodharma’ (non-violence). This is the Hinduism promoted by our great forefathers and Lokmanya Tilak, Gandhiji, Vivekanand, and Sardar Patel… I believe in love, and respect Hinduism in this sense and not in what BJP wants to promote.”
In his police complaint, Mr. Nakhua said that “I was watching television on April 5 at 8 pm. I saw well known and celebrated Bollywood actress, Ms. Urmila Matondkar, make false, mischievous and deceitful comments saying ‘Hinduism the most violent religion in the world’.”
He continued that Ms. Matondkar made the comments “on the instructions and orders” of Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi so action should also be taken against him. Mr. Nakhua also dragged in senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, alleged him of ‘allowing’ the broadcast. A Mumbai Policeman told the source that action would only be taken based on legal opinion.
In response, Maharashtra Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant alleged BJP of trying to malign Ms. Matondkar as it feared defeat in Mumbai (North), from where she is contesting as a Congress candidate.
“The BJP has realized voters prefer Urmila Matondkar rather than the incumbent BJP lawmaker Gopal Shetty,” added Mr. Sawant.
On March 27, Ms. Matondkar has joined Congress and will file her nomination today.
Urmila Matondkar is contesting against BJP’s Gopal Shetty from Mumbai North Constituency, which will vote on April 29, in the fourth phase of 2019 National Elections starting this week. The results will be announced on May 23.