BJP has field popular Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit Nene to contest in the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections from Pune Constituency, reports the party source.
In this year June, BJP President Amit Shah has met the actress at her residence in Mumbai during the party’s “Sampark for Samarthan” (Contact for Support) programme and detailed her on the achievements of the BJP-led Modi government.
On Thursday, a senior state BJP leader told the source that the actress name has been shortlisted by BJP for the Pune Lok Sabha seat.
He continued that “The party is seriously considering giving candidature to Madhuri Dixit in the 2019 general elections. We think the Pune Lok Sabha constituency will be better for her.”
“The party is in the process of finalizing the list of probable for several Lok Sabha seats and Dixit’s name has been shortlisted for the Pune Lok Sabha constituency… she is being seriously considered for it,” added the leader.
51-years-old actress Madhuri Dixit Nene has featured in many Bollywood movies, including Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Dil To Pagal Hai, Saajan and Devdas.
In 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, BJP had grabbed the Pune Lok Sabha seat from then ruling-congress, with Anil Shirole won by a margin of more than 3 lakh voters.
With the plan to field the popular actress, a senior BJP leader said that “Such tactics were implemented by Narendra Modi in Gujarat when he became the chief minister for the first time. He changed all the candidates in local bodies election and the party reaped benefits of that decision.”
He continued, “As fresh faces were introduced, there was nothing to criticize them with. It left the opposition shocked and the BJP won maximum seats and retained power.”
As per the statement of the BJP leader, a similar experiment was also carried out successfully during local bodies elections in 2017, where all the sitting councilors were refused tickets. He added that the BJP secured the seats and also retained the control of the states.