hastinapur: Row over Cong’s model candidate | India News

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MEERUT: A new battle is brewing in Hastinapur and at its centre is not Draupadi but Archana Gautam. Soon after Congress named the actor, model and beauty pageant title holder as the party’s candidate from the constituency, bikini-clad pictures of her started surfacing on social media. The Hindu Mahasabha has now jumped in to say that her candidature from the “ancient, holy city” has hurt the sentiments of the Hindus and Jains, many of whom consider it a pilgrimage centre.
“It is no secret that Mahabharata-era Hastinapur, which is also a Jain pilgrimage centre, is revered by followers of different faiths, including Hindus. Congress has fielded a bikini model from here. We strongly protest this move and appeal to the party to withdraw her name or we will be forced to protest,” said Ashok Sharma, national vice president of Hindu Mahasabha.
“I have nothing against any profession or…

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