New Delhi: Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar on Tuesday joined Shiv Sena, in the presence of party president and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Also Read - Maharashtra Records Highest Single-day Spike With 63,000 Fresh COVID-19 Cases; Decision on Statewide Lockdown After April 14

Matondkar had last year resigned from the Congress party, a key ally of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra. Also Read - Maharashtra CM in Favour of Complete Lockdown? Uddhav Thackeray Holds All-Party Meet Over COVID Crisis

She had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Mumbai North constituency and resigned from the party in September last year citing inaction on the part of “key functionaries of Mumbai Congress”. Also Read - Maharashtra SSC, HSC Exams 2021: Decision on Class 10 and Class 12 Exams Soon, Says Varsha Gaikwad

Earlier on Monday, speaking to reporters Maharashtra CM’s closest aide and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut had asserted,” She is a Shivsainik. We are happy that she is joining the Shiv Sena. This will strengthen the party’s mahila aghadi”. 

Sena sources said Matondkar’s name was forwarded to Governor B S Koshyari by the Shiv Sena recently for nomination to the Legislative Council from the governor’s quota.