Known to be controversy's favourite child, actor Kangana Ranaut has yet again sparked a row. During an interview with Times Now, actor Kangana Ranaut claimed that she was forced to vote for the Shiv Sena in the elections considering they were in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Ranaut told Times Now's Political editor Navika Kumar that she had to vote for the Shiv Sena over the BJP since these two parties were in a coalition and her constituency had been allotted to the Shiv Sena.
"I am telling you from my experience. When I went to vote in Bandra, and when I was standing in front of the voting machine, because I am such a BJP supporter, I was asking where the button for BJP is? And they were like 'press Shiv Sena'. I said 'why should I press Shiv Sena? if I want to vote for BJP?' I don't understand politics. I am naive. I don't know why these groupisms happen but I was forced to put my hand on the Shiv Sena button because there was no option of BJP. Their alliance for those areas was only and only Shiv Sena. So I voted for them," the actor can be heard saying.
Following the interview, India Today's Deputy Editor, Kamlesh Sutar, debunked the claims made by Kangana on Twitter. Sutar wrote that Ranaut's Assembly constituency is Bandra West (Vandre West). In 2019 and 2014, it had a BJP candidate.
The actor's Twitter handle had replied to the editor's tweet saying that she was referring to the Lok Sabha elections and not the Assembly elections and also threatened him with legal consequences. Her tweets were later deleted.
Further, Mumbai Press Club condemned Ranaut's threat.
Kangana Ranaut was forced to vote for Shiv Sena since BJP could not field its candidate from her constituency. The seat was allotted to alliance partner Shiv Sena.
The claim is false.
Kangana Ranaut's voter information is available on the Election Commission's website. Here, it was found that her Parliamentary constituency is Mumbai North-Central and her Assembly Constituency is Vandre West.
In this election, Poonam Mahajan (BJP), had won the polls from Ranaut's constituency where BJP and Shiv Sena were in an alliance. Ranaut had cast her vote at a polling booth in Khar.
Khar is in Mumbai Suburban district which falls under the Vandre (Bandra) West assembly constituency under Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha constituency.
Amar Ujala had reported that the actor was not in Mumbai when the assembly elections were conducted in October 2019. However, even if she had cast her vote, it would have been for a BJP candidate.
That year, reportedly, BJP's Ashish Shelar was the BJP-Shiv Sena candidate from Bandra West assembly constituency. He had won the polls in that election.
Therefore, in both the elections, Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha, the candidates from the actor's constituency were fielded by BJP with BJP-Shiv Sena contesting the elections as an alliance.