Total 715 women candidates out of total 8,049 candidates contested the 17th Lok Sabha elections. Only a limited number of women have contested this year and out of these 715 women, a minuscule percentage comprises women celebrities and actors. While these women may have brought “star power” into the spotlight, it remains to be seen what they will do for the masses, after winning the election.
The lady power proved its worth in the 17th Lok Sabha polls. Actresses Hema Malini and Kirron Kher proved victorious from their constituencies. However, Jaya Prada failed to make a mark.
Hema Malini, Mathura – BJP- won
Hema Malini known as Dream girl held on to her seat from Mathura with a huge margin 2, 87,000+ votes on BJP ticket. We are talking of Hema Malini, the well-known actor known for her feisty character Basanti from Sholay. Much derided for her infrequent visits to her constituency in the last five years, the actor has been the target of trolling for her inconsistent statements about her political work.
Hema’s tryst with politics started when she was elected in 2003 to the Rajya Sabha as a BJP representative. In 2014 she contested on a BJP seat and won the 2014 elections from Mathura. This year, she is taking on Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) Kunwar Narendra Singh in Mathura.
Jaya Prada, Rampur – BJP- lost
Jaya Prada, another BJP candidate, could not defeat SP’s Mohammad Azam Khan in the political battle in Rampur. She lost by a margin of 1, 09,000+ votes. Jaya Prada ruled Bollywood from the late 70s to the early 90s. She entered the political scene in 1994 after joining the Telugu Desam Party at the invitation of its founder NT Rama Rao. She left TDP to join the Samajwadi Party on whose ticket she contested in both 2004 and 2009 Rampur in Uttar Pradesh and won.
In 2010, she was expelled the SP for damaging the party’s image. She broke away from the party with Amar Singh to form the Rashtriya Lok Manch in 2011, but the party didn’t win any votes in 2012 assembly polls. In 2014 she joined the RLD and got a ticket but didn’t win the election.
Urmila Matondkar, Mumbai North Constituency – Indian National Congress- Lost
She contested the election from Mumbai North Constituency against BJP candidate Gopal Shetty and lost with a whopping margin of 4, 09, 000 votes. Urmila Matondkar who delivered major Bollywood hits in the 1990s joined Congress.
Kirron Kher, Chandigarh – BJP- won
BJP’s Kher topped the charts in Chandigarh and won the elections by a margin of 34,000+ votes. Kirron Kher is a familiar face on television and has had a long movie and theater career. She is married to actor Anupam Kher. Kirron joined BJP in 2009 and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2014 from Chandigarh. She defeated Pawan Bansal of the Congress this time.
Poonam Sinha, Lucknow – SP- lost
Poonam Sinha, who debuted this year on a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket, contested elections from Lucknow and was pitted against BJP’s Rajnath Singh. Her debut was not an impressive one as she lost to Singh by a gap of 3, 11,000+ votes.
Poonam Sinha, actor and the wife of veteran actor and politician Shatrughan Sinha and mother of actor Sonakshi Sinha recently joined the Samajwadi Party. She failed to cash her star power.
Nusrat Jahan, Basirhat – TMC- won
Nusrat Jahan proved victorious in Basirhat with a margin of 1, 86,000+ votes. Nusrat Jahan is a model and a prominent actor in the Bengali film industry. She joined the Trinomial Congress (TMC) this year and contested from Basirhat in West Bengal where took on Pallab Sengupta of CPI, Quazi Abdur Rahim of Congress, and Sayantan Basu of the BJP.
Mimi Chakra borty, Jadavpur – TMC- won
Mimi Chakra borty won in Jadavpur by an impressive margin of 1, 84,000+ votes. Mimi Chakraborty is a well-known model and actor from West Bengal. She joined politics this year and is candidate from Jadavpur fighting Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya of CPI (M) and Anupam Hazra of BJP.
Moon Moon Sen, Asansol – TMC- lost
She lost to BJP candidate with huge margin. Popular Bollywood actor Moon Moon Sen joined the TMC in 2014, contested from Bankura and won. This year she has been making the headlines for her inane statements on West Bengal politics and her ignorance of major issues. She contested the Asansol seat for the TMC by taking on Babul Supriyo of BJP.
Smriti Irani Amethi – BJP- won
Smriti Irani caused biggest upset of 2019 elections as she defeated congress Chief Rahul Gandhi in its home constituency. She started her career with television and is also a former model. She made her foray into politics in 2003 when she joined the BJP. In 2011 she was sworn in as a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat. In 2014, she took on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi constituency and lost.
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27 September, 2019