New Delhi: Actor and BJP MP from Mathura, Hema Malini, who is seeking re-election this term, reached Vrindavan on Thursday to interact with people and advised visitors to “not spoil monkeys with samosas and Frooti”, but feed them only fruits.

Speaking at Sudama Kuti, Hema Malini responded to a question on monkey menace by refuting it as a ‘monkey problem’ and said, “Where will the monkey go? It’s co-existence. The problem is the visitors give Frooti and samosa to them, which spoils them. Only give fruits to the monkey.”

Malini has been touring Mathura ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and was recently also seen in the fields with women farmers, driving a tractor and on some day, driving by in the lanes of her constituency. She also received massive flak for ‘helping’ women pick bundles of the wheat crop in the farm and carrying it some distance. Opposition leaders soon labelled her action “nautanki”, to which she replied, “When I was going to the villages, I saw golden coloured wheat ready to be harvested… I tried my hand. Women in the fields welcomed me warmly. We visited 10 villages.”

Elections to the Mathura Lok Sabha constituency, which Hema Malini wrested from sitting Rashtriya Lok Dal MP Jayant Chaudhary in the 2014 polls, are slated to be held in the second phase of the 2019 general elections on April 18. Against Hema Malini, the Congress has fielded newcomer Mahesh Pathak while the SP-BSP alliance has given a ticket to Kunwar Narendra Singh.

With IANS inputs