The actress-turned-politician had filed her nomination on Monday for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra. She came riding a motorcycle to file her papers.
Commenting on a complaint over her 'anti-Hindu' remark, Matondkar termed it as "bogus" and "baseless" and said that she "believes" and "respects" Hinduism.
"Complaint filed against me is a 100 per cent lie. It is bogus and baseless. I respect and believe in Hinduism with all my heart," she told ANI.
"Like always, I have been grossly misquoted by the complainant. I request people not to believe in this kind of lie," she said while heading to the Election Commission of India office to file her nomination for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. The criminal complaint was filed by a BJP spokesperson accusing Matondkar of making "false", "mischievous" and "deceitful" comments against Hinduism.
The actor-turned-politician joined Congress last month. She is taking on BJP's Gopal Shetty from North Mumbai constituency. The seven-phased Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to be held from April 11 to May 19.
Maharashtra will go to polls in the first four phases, beginning April 11 and North Mumbai Lok Sabha constituency will go to polls on April 29. Results of the polls will be declared on May 23.
In the first phase, polling will be held across seven seats where 116 candidates in the fray. In the second phase, 179 candidates will contest from 10 Lok Sabha seats. As many as 393 candidates are in the fray for the third phase of polling in 14 parliamentary constituencies of the state.
Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora, party candidate Urmila Matondkar, had filed their nominations Monday for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra. Matondkar, who rode a motorcycle to file her papers, is in fray from Mumbai North seat, where she is pitted against BJP's Gopal Shetty. (All pics Yogen Shah)