Mathura, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

Voters in Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishna, are a confused lot as three Hema Malanis are in the fray from that constituency going to polls on April 17.

The cinestar Hema Malini, 65, who the other day, riding Narendra Modi wave, had claimed that she would win the elections.

Two independent candidates with their name Hema Malini, are taking electoral plunge in Mathura which could affect electoral prospects of the Dream girl.

The BJP sees this as an opposition conspiracy in this. BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the rivals have fielded candidates with similar names to confuse voters. ''The only saving grace is the lotus - BJP's election symbol. In rural areas the voters are not educated. They go by symbols and obviously they will vote for the lotus and the real Hema Malini,'' Pathak said in Lucknow today.

One of the independents claims her parents named her after Hema Malini. ''My father was a great fan of Hema ji. So when I was born he named me Hema Malini,' the 25-year-old housewife said.

She is married to one Ram Kishan and as per her affidavit filed during nomination, she has Rs 25,000 in cash and Rs 50,000 in a joint account with her husband. He owns jewellery worth Rs 1.60 lakh. ''It is an honour to contest against her,'' she said refusing to admit that she would get some votes on the basis of her name. Â

The other independent, Hema Malini is illiterate. Both these independent candidates claim that they were asked to contest elections by their relatives and they filed papers on their advise.

Incidentally, both do not have any political background and have never contested elections - not even the gram panchayat polls.

Mathura is a stronghold of Rashtriya Lok Dal. Jayant Chaudhury, son of RLD's national president Chaudhary Ajit Singh, is giving a tough fight to BJP's Hema Malini.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)