The Congress, today, replaced jailed politician Amarmani Tripathi’s daughter from the Maharajganj seat with Delhi-based business journalist Supriya Shrinate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, in Uttar Pradesh. The move comes after Amarmani’s daughter Tanushree Tripathi was fielded by two political parties – Congress and Shivpal Yadav’s Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia (PSP-L) from Maharajganj Lok Sabha constituency, leaving an embarrassed Congress scurrying on its feet.
Soon after the announcement of her candidature, Supriya Shrinate, who works with ET Now tweeted, “I will be taking an active plunge in politics,am grateful to @INCIndia @RahulGandhi @priyankagandhi @JM_Scindhia for trusting me with Maharajganj. It will be an honour to keep my later father’s legacy alive. I look forward to making a meaningful contribution.”
Supriya’s father, late Harsh Vardhan, was the two-time Congress MP from Maharajganj. He started his political career as the president of Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha in 1974.Surpiya Shrinate has done her schooling from Loreto Convent in Lucknow, after which she went on to do her graduation from Lucknow University in Political Science, History and Economics.
Meanwhile, the Congress fielded actress Urmila Matondkar from Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency two days after she joined the party. She had joined the Congress after meeting Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday and had later said that she was “here to stay”.
After joining the party, Matondkar had said she felt the need to join the Congress party as the freedom to express was under attack in the country and there are numerous examples in this regard in the last five years. She had said the Congress party has participated in the freedom struggle and it stood for freedom.