Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini, the BJP candidate from Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura, is leading from the parliamentary seat, early trends suggest.
Hema Malini, seeking a second term from Mathura, faces the RLD’s Kunwar Narendra Singh, who is the Uttar Pradesh alliance’s nominee. The Congress has fielded Mahesh Pathak, an industrialist who contested from Mathura in 1998 and lost.
Mathura, one of the 80 seats in UP, voted in the second phase of national elections.
Hema Malini, whose election campaign got a boost when her actor-husband Dharmendra campaigned for her, insists that she herself had done a lot of work in the past five years.Countering voters who claim they hardly saw their celebrity lawmaker in the past five years, the 70-year-old asserts that she made “250 visits” to her constituency.
In 2014, she defeated RLD MP Jayant Chaudhary by 3.30 lakh votes.
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