Bollywood celebs turning into politicians isn’t a new thing. Dream girl of Bollywood, Hema Malini campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, Vinod Khanna, a former Bollywood actor in the Lok Sabha. Then, in February 2004, Malini officially joined the BJP. From 2003 to 2009, she served as an MP to the upper house of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha.
This year, she is the BJP candidate from Mathura. On Thursday, when she was asked about her views on the problems people of Mathura is facing due to monkeys. According to her, tourists must stop feeding “frooti and samosas” to the primates, “There is a huge problem of monkeys, but you see there is co-existence. Where will the monkeys go? The problem is that tourist here give them Frooti and samosa and have spoiled them. Give them fruits only,” she told to a publication.
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She went on to add that discussions were had with Union Minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi about this, “We will soon resolve the problem,” she said at an event.
“Stray cattle roam every lane and alley but we are building cow shelters and trying to resolve the problem,” she also added.
The actress defeated Jayant Chaudhary of RLD by margin of over three lakh votes for election of Lok Sabha from Mathura in 2014. This year, post getting BJP ticket for Lok Sabha election, she has been extensively campaigning in Mathura constituency.
Before this month, her picture went viral in which she was seen sitting on a tractor. And her picture was trolled by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah by tweeting: “What are those drums on the side? Please don’t tell me those are mist generators for cool air? Wow, that’s one fancy tractor.”
In a picture, the politician was seen cutting crop with women on fields and greeting people through the sunroof of her Mercedes. She was trolled for this image also. While, the actress in her defense said that, “I am an actress, a celebrity. I don’t see this in Mumbai. When I go to the villages, I like that environment and I like it. Even if I acted, it was fun. What is wrong with it? Everybody was happy to see the picture back in Mumbai.”