Bollywood item girl Rakhi Sawant will contest in the Lok Sabha elections from the and will take on Congress heavyweight Gurudas Kamat, MNS' actor-director nominee Mahesh Manjrekar and SP candidate producer-actor Kamaal R Khan
The Lok Sabha election in Mumbai North-West constituency will get a dose of glamour with the entry of Bollywood item girl Rakhi Sawant.
"I have been virtually mobbed by people demanding that I should fight the election, so here I am," Sawant told media persons here Wednesday.
The Bollywood starlet will be fighting on the plank of restoring women's safety in the metropolis.
She will lock horns with Congress's former union minister and party general secretary Gurudas Kamat and Shiv Sena's Gajanan Kirtikar.
Others in the fray are Bollywood actor-director Mahesh Manjrekar of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, producer-actor Kamaal R. Khan of the Samajwadi Party and Mayank Gandhi of the Aam Aadmi Party.
Sawant had recently called on the Bharatiya Janata Party's top leadership in New Delhi and expressed her admiration for its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
When asked if she would be standing as an independent, she said a political party had offered her a ticket, and she would soon reveal its name.
"I don't know how to play politics. I am here to solve the problems of common man. My aim is to do good work for the society. I am not striving to become a politician. People want me to fight the election and hence I am here," the feisty item-girl said.
"I have been doing a lot of social work for the last seven years. My aim is to bring back women's safety. I don't want Mumbai to become like Delhi. I want to arrange self-defence and karate classes for women so that they can protect themselves," she said.
Rakhi had been offered a BJP ticket from Srirampur in West Bengal, but she said she declined it as she didn't know the local language.
"I was offered a BJP ticket from Srirampur in West Bengal. But I am from Mumbai and known Hindi and Marathi. I don't know the local language of West Bengal, so why should I stand from there?" she said.
"Please give me one chance and see what I can do," the actress urged.
Sawant said she was leaving the film industry for the cause of the people and would take up cudgels for women for dignity and respect in society.
Sawant was attired in a green outfit and covered her head with a scarf as she posed for media persons.
SP has fielded Bollywood producer-actor and 'Bigg Boss' contestant Kamaal R Khan, who had created a controversy with his role in film 'Deshdrohi' when MNS' anti-north Indian agitation was at its peak, from Mumbai North-West seat.