Lata Mangeshkar: 'Hemaji Has Transformed Mathura'
Lata Mangeshkar couldn't make it for the swearing-in ceremony of PM Modi. However, she is happy for him as well as friend Hema Malini who won her seat from Mathura constituency
India’s Nightingale, the mighty Lata Mangeshkar is saddened by the fact that she couldn’t attend PM Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony. Narendra Modi had invited a number of Bollywood celebrities to his swearing-in ceremony that was held a few days ago, after his landslide victory in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls. A lot of A-listers - from Kangana Ranaut and Karan Johar to Vivek Oberoi and Shahid Kapoor were part of the entourage who attended the ceremony that had around 8000 people in the crowd.
Lata Mangeshkar is a Modi supporter like most of Bollywood and was happy at the PM's victory but she couldn't make it for the event. “I wasn’t keeping well. I sent him my best wishes. My sister (Asha Bhosle) was there to represent our family,” says Lataji, adding that she would soon be meeting Modiji to personally convey her congratulations.
“His second term as our country’s prime minister has begun. The people of India have voted well,"she says. "They have proved that they know how to use their voting power sensibly. And Modiji is going to bring many changes and reforms in the next five years. I am sure of that. He will take our country towards being a super-power.” says Lataji.
She’s also very proud of Hema Malini who is now serving a second term in the Lok Sabha as the MP from Mathura. Says Lataji, “I believe Hemaji has transformed Mathura beyond recognition. I am a huge Krishna bhakt. To hear of the city where Krishna Bhagwan was born as being transformed into a beautified haven is very gratifying. I hope other holy cities in India also become clean and healthy and places where worship comes naturally to visitors.”
Hema Malini was among the few Bollywood candidates who had won from their respective constituencies. While Sunny Deol, Kirron Kher and Hema Malini won, their Bollywood counterparts like Urmila Matondkar and Prakash Raj lost the elections.