Sambit Patra dominated social media conversations on Saturday after videos of controversial BJP spokesperson enjoying meal cooked by a widow in Puri went viral. His videos heaped embarrassment for the saffron party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they exposed the latter’s claims on the success of the Ujjwala scheme.
ctor-turned-politician and BJP Member of Parliament (MP) from Mathura parliamentary constituency, Hema Malini who kickstarted her poll campaigning on Sunday was seen lending a hand to women working in a wheat field, carrying bundles of freshly harvested crop.
Hema Malini is seeking re-election from the seat.
On being asked by reporters about her future plans for people in her Lok Sabha constituency, the actor said, “People greeted me happily. They welcomed me because I have done a lot for people of Mathura. I am proud of what I did in Mathura. In the near future, more development will be the only aim. Nobody has done anything for Mathura before me like the way I did.”
Began my Lok Sabha campaign today with the Govardhan Kshetra where I had the opportunity to interact with women working in the fields. A few fotos for u of my first day of campaign pic.twitter.com/EH7vYm8Peu
— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) March 31, 2019
However, a local present there expressed his disappointment by claiming that Hema Malini had not done anything for the development of the city.
No sooner did she post these photos, the popular Bollywood actress from the past began to face incessant trolling from journalists and political analysts alike. Many even poked fun for the colour of her sari, which almost matched with the colour of wheat plants. While sharing one of her photos, journalist Shivam Vij wrote, “Caption contest. (Abusers will be blocked. Humour will be retweeted. Photo of Hema Malini in Mathura).”
Journalist Man Aman Singh Chhina wrote, “Because they think voters are fools.” Journalist Bhavtosh Singh asked, “Who they are trying to impress?” Journalist Kadambini Sharma observed, “This may not a film shooting, but the woman standing in the background doesn’t look very impressed.”
Hema Malini had won from Mathura in 2014, riding on the popularity crest of Narendra Modi. She is amongst those politicians, who are now facing the heat for not visiting her constituency in the last five years.
On March 21, Malini had thanked Prime Minister Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for choosing her to contest the 2019 LS polls from Mathura seat again and promised to work hard to bring development in the area.
Malini had defeated Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) sitting MP Jayant Choudhary back in Lok Sabha 2014 polls by a huge margin of 3,30,743 votes.
The seven-phase Lok Sabha polls are set to begin on April 11 and will end on May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.
In Uttar Pradesh, where 80 seats are at stake, polling will be held during all seven phases.