Supriya Shrinate denied ticket amid backlash over remarks for Kangana

Shrinate, who previously contested the seat in 2019 but lost to BJP’s Pankaj Chaudhary, has been embroiled in a controversy following her remarks on actor Kangana Ranaut, the BJP’s candidate from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. 

| Updated: 28 March, 2024 2:57 pm IST
The Grand Old Party has decided to replace Supriya Shrinate as a candidate from Maharajganj constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

NEW DELHI: In anticipation of the Lok Sabha elections, the Grand Old Party has opted to replace Supriya Shrinate as the candidate for the Maharajganj constituency in Uttar Pradesh with Virendra Chaudhary, following backlash over a derogatory tweet directed at actor Kangana Ranaut, who is venturing into politics with a ticket from Mandi.

Shrinate, who previously contested the seat in 2019 but lost to BJP’s Pankaj Chaudhary, has been embroiled in a controversy following her remarks on actor Kangana Ranaut, the BJP’s candidate from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.

The move comes amidst widespread outrage over a now-deleted social media post allegedly made by Shrinate, targeting Ranaut. In response to the backlash, Shrinate clarified that someone made the post with access to her accounts and promptly deleted it upon discovery.

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She vehemently denied making derogatory comments towards any woman and expressed her intent to investigate the matter further. “As soon as I came to know, I deleted that post. Everyone who knows me, also knows very well that I can never make personal and indecent comments towards any woman. I wanted to know how this happened,” she said.

Following the controversy, the Election Commission issued a show-cause notice to Shrinate, citing a violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The EC deemed her remarks as ‘undignified and in bad taste’ and has requested a response by March 29, 2024.

In light of these developments, the Congress party has nominated Virendra Chaudhary as its candidate from the Maharajganj constituency, replacing Shrinate.

Shrinate’s removal from the candidacy has sparked reactions from various quarters, with BJP leaders criticising the Congress party over the incident. Kangana Ranaut herself expressed disappointment over the derogatory post, emphasizing the importance of dignity for women in all professions.

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Tagging Supriya Shrinate, Ranaut posted on X, “Dear Supriya ji, in the last 20 years of my career as an artist, I have played all kinds of women. From a naive girl in Queen to a seductive spy in Dhaakad, from a goddess in Manikarnika to a demon in Chandramukhi, from a prostitute in Rajjo to a revolutionary leader in Thalaivii”.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dixit emphasised the party’s stance against such language and remarks, asserting that Shrinate has clarified her position and further investigation is underway.

The Congress party, in its eighth list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, announced nominees for several constituencies across Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, and Jharkhand. Notable names include Rao Yadvendra Singh, Pratap Bhanu Sharma, Tarvar Singh Lodhi in Madhya Pradesh, and Dolly Sharma and Nakul Dubey in Uttar Pradesh.

With this announcement, the total number of candidates declared by the Congress party stands at 208.

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