All about Mumbai North candidates: Controversial sitting MP faces actor Urmila Matondkar

Mumbai North constituency has seen the BJP and INC come to power twice each in the past four terms. In 2004 it had witnessed veteran BJP leader Ram Naik lose to Bollywood actor and INC candidate Govinda. The INC are trying to use that same formula, as they field former Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar against incumbent BJP MP Gopal Shetty.

Mumbai North constituency is comprised of seven assembly constituencies: Borivali, Dhaisar, Magathane, Kandivali East, Charkop, and Malad West. The constituency has seen the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC) come to power twice each in the last four terms. This is the constituency where Bollywood actor Govinda, representing the INC, defeated veteran politician and current governor of Uttar Pradesh Ram Naik. The INC is attempting the same formula for these elections by fielding Bollywood actress Urmila Mathondkar from the constituency.

The Election Commission of India ( ECI ) has accepted nominations of 18 candidates; and rejected that of three. One candidate has withdrawn his candidacy.

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2014 Lok Sabha Elections 

Incumbent MP: Gopal Chinayya Shetty

Mumbai North constituency saw a 53.07% voter turn out in the 16th Lok Sabha elections. The BJP candidate Gopal Shetty won the seat by a margin of 446582 votes.

Name of candidate Party Votes secured Vote share (over total votes polled )
Gopal Shetty BJP 664004 70.14 %
Sanjay Nirupam INC 217422 22.97%
Satish Pal AAP   32364 3.42%
Kamlesh Yadav SP     5506 0.58%
Asha Singh BSP      5438 0.57%
NOTA __  8758 0.93%

Source-Election Commission of India 

Know your candidates 

Gopal Chinnaya Shetty (BJP)

Prior to being an MP from Mumbai North, Shetty served the BJP in several other capacities. He was a  Corporator for three terms; and a two time Member of Legislative Assembly( MLA )from the Borivali constituency.

Click here for a complete profile of the incumbent MP — his performance in Parliament, utilization of MPLAD funds, pending criminal cases and more.

Gopal Shetty. Source: Facebook

Assets and Liabilities

2014 2019
Movable Assets Rs 3,44,51,703 Rs 5,94,20,029
Immovable Assets Rs 6,11,66,186 Rs 9,81,15,203
Total Rs 9,56,17,889 Rs 15,75,35,232
Liabilities NIL Rs 2,11,36,135

Source- (2014);

More details about his finances and other credentials can be found in the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission of India.

Urmila Matondkar (INC) 

Matondkar is a former Bollywood actor who started her career as a child actor in the 80s. She gained wide popularity and was considered one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema in the 90s. If she wins, she will win join a list of Bollywood female actors who have held seats such as Jaya Prada, Hema Malini and Kiron Kher.

While the constituency has previously seen Bollywood actor Govind win by defeating veteran politician Ram Naik; sitting MP and rival BJP candidate Gopal Shetty, however, seems unfazed and  has stated that Urmila is “Bholi Bhali Ladki ” and zero in politics.

Urmila Matondkar

Personal Information 

  • Age- 48
  • Contact No- 9821025938
  • Email id-
  • Address – 901,Shantanu Chs Ltd, St Martin Road, Bandra, Mumbai-050
  • Twitter- @OfficialUrmila
  • facebook-@realurmilamatondkar

Assets and Liabilities 

Movable Assets (Self +Spouse ) Immovable Assets (Self +Spouse ) Total Assets Liabilities 
40,93,46,474+ 32,35,752 = 41,25,82,226 27,34,81,000+30,00,00= 27,64,81,000 68,90,63,226 18,94,201

Complete details of Matondkar’s affidavit filed with the Election Commission of India (ECI ) can be found over here.

Pending criminal cases 


Other Candidates 

Name                  Party               Party Symbol 
Manoj Kumar Jay Prakash Singh– 36,12th pass, Business Bahujan Samaj Party Elephant
Andrew John Fernandez-58, Post Graduate, Retired (Vice president, IndusInd Bank, IT department) Hum Bhartiya Party Ganna Kisan
Ankushrao Shivajiroa Patil– 51, Graduate, Agriculture Labour Rashtriya Maratha Party Battery Torch
Chandaliya Samay Singh Anand– 52, 5th pass, Retired Bahujan Mukti Party Cot
B.K.Gadhavi-74, Graduate, Social Worker Independent
Dr Raies Khan: 46, Graduate, Doctor Independent
Channu Sahadewrao Sontakkay– 57, Graduate, Retired Bharat Prabhat Party Ludo
Dr Pawan Kumar Pandey: 44,Doctorate, Advocate, Social Worker Sarvodaya Bharat Party Camera
Fateh Mohd. Mansuri Shaikh: 64, 5th Pass, Retired Bhartiya Lokmat Rashtrwadi Party Tractor chalata Kisan
Comrade Vilas Hiwale: 44, Literate, Labourer Marxist Leninist Party of India (Red Flag ) Whistle
Milind Shankar Repe: 57, others, Job at TCS consultancy. Independent
Sunil Uttamrao Torat: 48, Graduate, Business Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi Cup and Saucer
Ranjit Tiwari: 43, 5th Pass, Tailor Naitik Party Frying Pan
Akhtar Shaikh: 63, 10th Pass, Senior Citizen Independent
Amol Jadhav:30,Graduate, Food Distributor Independent
Bhagvatidan Karnidan Gadhavi: 74, Graduate, Social Worker Independent

Issues faced in the constituency

Activists have alleged that several open public spaces in Borivali -Kandivali belt  have been encroached upon by trusts and organizations. They state that these spaces were built by Gopal Shetty when he was an MLA using MLA funds, but the authorities haven’t claimed it back. They claim the trusts and organizations that have encroached these spaces are connected to Shetty.

Residents of a Ganapat Patil Nagar, a slum community in Dahisar assembly constituency are planning on pressing the NOTA option as none of the political parties have been able to solve their issues. There are around 10,000 settlements and 15,000 eligible voters in the community, who have no  access to water and electricity. They have to rely on the electricity and water mafia for access at high rates. They state that it only prior to  elections that politicians visit them, make promises which they don’t keep.

A 2018 survey titled All India Survey on Governance Issues and Voting Behaviour by Association for Democratic Reforms found that residents of Mumbai North stated drinking water(50 %), better employment opportunities(41.28%), better roads(41.11) as the three most important requirements in the constituency.

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