BJP’s Bollywood female stars shine this election

BJP's female star power (left-right) with Kirron Kher in Chandigarh, Jaya Prada in Rampur and Hema Malini in LucknowBCCL/Business Insider India

Political parties all over the country enrolled female star power to increase their visibility in the Lok Sabha Election 2019. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headlined four veteran actresses to cheer its cause across the country — Hema Malini, Kirron Kher, Jaya Prada and Smriti Irani, who served as the Textiles Minister during Modi’s 2014 tenure.

Congress, on the other hand, brought only one female actress to contest the elections — Urmila Matondkar in Mumbai North. The Election Commission’s counting shows that BJP’s Gopal Shetty, isn’t just leading, but dominating over Matondkar garnering 72.2% of the vote share.

Even Poonam Sinha, Samajwadi Party (SP)’s Bollywood candidate, is trailing far behind her contender, BJP’s Rajnath Singh in Lucknow.

BJP contestants largely beat exit poll predictions

Contesting the Lok Sabha Election from Amethi, a Congress stronghold, Irani seems to be leading over the incumbent Rahul Gandhi by a margin of 10,000 votes according to data from the Election Commission in contrast to the exit poll that predicted a Gandhi victory.

During the 2014 election, Gandhi did manage to beat out Irani but she dented his vote share by at least 12%.

BJP’s ‘dream girl’ candidate, Hema Malini, flipped from trailing during the initial vote count to commanding a strong lead of 62.2%. Her primary contender, Kunwar Narendra Singh from the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) was left in the dust with 33.3% vote share.

Jaya Prada, on the other hand, looks unlikely to bring a victory home for the BJP as she trails behind Samajwadi Party (SP)’s Azam Khan in Rampur with a difference larger than 100,000 votes between them.
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