BJP’s Mathura candidate Hema Malini has been in the news lately for her ‘star-style’ election campaign for the Lok Sabha election. She has been photographed riding a tractor, harvesting crops and clicking selfies with village women.

Shortly after Malini filed her election nomination papers in March, she was quoted by CNN News18 as saying, “I have done a lot of work for Mathura, but I don’t remember much.”

Her ‘village selfies’ and their promotion on social media have left many wondering about the style and purpose of her campaigning. The veteran Bollywood actress also recently roped in her husband and fellow actor Dharmendra to campaign for her. The Opposition, however, has termed her acts as “theatrics” and called her “drama girl”.

However, unfazed by the criticism and despite being dubbed an “outsider” by the Opposition, Malini said she has a “divine connection” with Mathura. She has been quoted by PTI as saying, “Yes, I have a house in Mumbai. What is the problem with that? I have a house here also and I am a Virndavanwasi.”

“I feel some divine connection with this city. I have been playing Radha and Meera throughout my life, and I was in a temple when my candidature was announced,” she said.

Malini had defeated the RLD’s sitting MP Jayant Chaudhary in 2014 by a huge margin of 3,30,743 votes in 2014. This year, she is pitted against RLD’s Kunwar Narendra Singh. Voting will be held in Mathura in the second round of seven-phase Lok Sabha polls on 18 April.

(With agencies input)

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