Hema Malini, during an interaction with the media after being fielded again by BJP as their candidate from the holy town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, said that she could not recall any development projects because she has done so much for Mathura.
Malini was responding to a question posed by a reporter to share the development initiatives she had taken up during her 5-year tenure.
The 70-year-old veteran film star, who won from Mathura with a huge margin during the previous general election, was making her first appearance before the media after her candidature was confirmed.
During the interaction, where she appeared confident of winning the election again, Malini dismissed any talk of her being an outsider. “It’s an absolute rubbish.. people here love me because I am a Gopi of Lord Krishna,” she said.
Further she talked about how her constituency is a holy site with many events being organized every other day thus making it impossible for her to attend all.
“I have visited Mathura over 250 times,” she said, further asserting her presence in the constituency during her last tenure.
“It is not an easy job to come all the way from Mumbai. Coming and going…coming and going…I have told people, I am a devotee of Lord Krishna, I am a Brijwasi (resident of Braj, as the region is known),” she said.
She also took claim of improving the infrastructure of her constituency highlighting the improved condition of roads, street-lights and construction of shauchalayas (public toilets).
Before filing her nomination today, she visited a well known temple in Mathura accompanied by chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
She evaded the questions of national development, especially those concerned with rising unemployment, saying that those are allegations made by the Opposition that are “unworthy of discussion.”
In 2014, Hema Malini defeated Jayant Chaudhary of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) by a huge margin.