Madhuri Dixit Might Contest Elections From BJP's Pune Lok Sabha Seat, Claim Reports

| December 6 , 2018 , 16:40 IST

The BJP is considering fielding Bollywood actoress Madhuri Dixit-Nene from the Pune Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 general elections, the party sources said to PTI.

A senior state BJP leader told PTI on Thursday that the actress name has been shortlisted for the Pune Lok Sabha seat.

He said,"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."

He further added,"The party is in the process of finalising the list of probables 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."

In June this year, BJP chief Amit Shah had met the actor at her residence in Mumbai during his party's 'Sampark for Samarthan' (Contact for Support) programme and had briefed her on the achievements of the Narendra Modi government.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP's Anil Shirole had won from the constituency, defeating the Congress candidate by a margin of more than three lakh votes.

According to media reports on the idea to field the actor, a senior BJP functionary said, "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."

"As fresh faces were introduced, there was nothing to criticise them with. It left the opposition shocked and the BJP won maximum seats and retained power," he added.

This is not the first time that BJP would be fielding a star-studded line-up of candidates in general elections. Singers Manoj Tiwari and Babul Supriyo, actors Paresh Rawal and Kirron Kher were prominent among those fielded by the BJP, and they all won.