"I have never left anything incomplete... be it studies or career. The decision to join politics was well thought of and I will give more than 100 per cent to it. My intentions are clear," Matondkar, who is pitted against the BJP's sitting MP Gopal Shetty, told PTI.
"Women should understand they need to have nerves of steel to be in politics. I understand criticism, but have had to face negativity, dirt and filth. I have not played the victim card in all these days. I am here to stay," she said.
"But the way the scene unfolded later was unacceptable and appalling. This is politics of hatred and negativity. Violence is not always physical but also at a mental level... After joining politics I have faced tremendous trolling (on social media) and personal attacks," she said.
"Today, the society is driven by fear. The film industry is very vulnerable. After a huge career and making a name, when people voice opinions about their children's well-being, they are asked to go to another country. I fail to understand when we stooped so low. This Lok Sabha poll is not just an election but will decide in which direction the country is going and will the democracy be saved," she added.
Since the day Urmila Matondkar joined the Congress party and announced that she'll contest the Lok Sabha 2019 elections against BJP's sitting MP Gopal Shetty from the Mumbai North constituency, hell broke lose as the actress was targeted by vicious trolls who spewed venom on her on a daily basis. The verbal attacks ramped up in such speed that Congress and BJP workers clashed at a rally in Borivali and the actress had to seek police protection. However, Urmila Matondkar in a recent interview revealed that she's not the one who would bend to the opposition attacks and is here to stay, suggesting she'll win the election.
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