MUMBAI: Congress candidate from North Mumbai Urmila Matondkar on Monday termed a complaint filed against her as “bogus” and “baseless” and said that she “believes” and “respects” Hinduism. “Complaint filed against me is a 100 per cent lie. It is bogus and baseless. I respect and believe in Hinduism with all my heart,” she told ANI.
“Like always, I have been grossly misquoted by the complainant. I request people not to believe in this kind of lie,” she said while heading to the Election Commission of India office to file her nomination for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.
The criminal complaint was filed by a BJP spokesperson accusing Matondkar of making “false”, “mischievous” and “deceitful” comments against Hinduism.
The actor-turned-politician joined Congress last month. She is taking on BJP’s Gopal Shetty from North Mumbai constituency.
The seven-phased Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to be held from April 11 to May 19. Maharashtra will go to polls in the first four phases, beginning April 11 and North Mumbai Lok Sabha constituency will go to polls on April 29. Results of the polls will be declared on May 23.
“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. Unfortunately, today raising voice against BJP ideology and speaking the truth amounts to committing a crime,” she added.
Matondkar also accused BJP of victimising her and said, “I have been victimised like so many others in the last 5 years by BJP. I deplore this aggressive and hostile policy of BJP.”
On April 6, BJP spokesperson Suresh Nakhua had filed a criminal complaint against Matondkar, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, and a television journalist. “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’,” the complaint read. (ANI)