As ruling Bhartiya Janta Party and the main Opposition is gearing up for the upcoming Lok Sabha Election 2019 that can be scheduled in the mid of the year. Following which the saffron party is considering to field the Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene from the Pune Lok Sabha constituency in 2019 general elections, the close sources of the party said.
A senior state BJP leader said that the actress name has been shortlisted for the Pune Lok Sabha seat, PTI reported.
Earlier, in the month of June this year, BJP chief Amit Shah reportedly met the actress at her residence in Mumbai during his party's 'Sampark for Samarthan' (Contact for Support) programme and briefed her on the achievements of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government.
"The party is seriously considering giving candidature to Madhuri Dixit in the 2019 general elections. We think the Pune Lok Sabha constituency will be better for her," he said.
"The party is in the process of finalising the list of probable for several Lok Sabha seats and Dixit's name has been shortlisted for the Pune Lok Sabha constituency...she is being seriously considered for it," the leader said.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had swept off the Congress from the Pune Lok Sabha seat, with Anil Shirole winning by a margin of over three lakh votes.
On the plans to field the actor from Pune LS seat, a senior BJP functionary said, "Such tactics were implemented by Narendra Modi in Gujarat when he became the chief minister for the first time. He changed all the candidates in local bodies election and the party reaped benefits of that decision."
"As fresh faces were introduced, there was nothing to criticise them with. It left the opposition shocked and the BJP won maximum seats and retained power," he said.
The 51-year-old Madhuri Dixit is a popular Bollywood actress work in films including Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Dil To Pagal Hai, Saajan and Devdas. She also referred to as 'Dhak Dhak Girl'. Madhuri was recently seen in Marathi film 'Bucket list.