Mathura, 2019.05.24 (VT): Veteran actress and incumbent BJP MP for Mathura, Hema Malini, has emerged victorious in the Lok Sabha Election 2019 where the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party emerged as the undisputed leader with 303 seats. Trouncing the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ in Uttar Pradesh, BJP won a total of 62 seats in the state.
Retaining her clout in Mathura constituency, Malini defeated Mahagathbandhan candidate Kunwar Narendra Pratap Singh by a huge margin of 290,023 votes.
She established a clear lead over Singh during the initial phase of the counting in Govardhan on May 23. The trend continued unabated, culminating in a total of 667342 votes for her. While Singh bagged 377319 votes, Congress candidate Mahesh Pathak stood a distant third with 27990 votes.
Hema Malini polled 66.96% votes in Mathura, 65.33% in Chhata, 56.9% in Govardhan, 61.15% in Mant and 58.83% in Baldeo. BJP managed to secure 5 (Mathura, Agra, Sikri, Eta and Forozabad) out of 6 seats in the Braj region with the exception of Mainpuri which remains a SP bastion under Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Before the counting began on May 23, Malini visited Govardhan to seek Girirajji’s blessings. Her daughter, Aahna Deol’s family was also spotted expressing gratitude to Thakurji at Vrindavan’s Banke Bihari temple.
With this win, Malini has emerged as a strong contender for a ministerial portfolio. As a dedicated and hard-working MP, she has had the constant support of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. The CM has not only appreciated her work publicly on various occasions, he was also present during the filing of her nomination from Mathura to assuage the party’s apprehensions regarding her candidature.
According to reports, the BJP top brass wanted to field Shrikant Sharma from Mathura, and give another constituency to the incumbent MP. However, Malini had made it clear that she will either contest from Mathura or quit politics.
Proving her detractors wrong, the actor-turned-politician credited her success to the ‘Modi wave’ and her developmental efforts for the constituency. She said that her aim is to serve Braj; she is not here to engage in political battles. Her immediate concerns will be implementing central government schemes in Mathura, conservation and development of Braj heritage, and working on the saline water problem.