Kangana Ranaut wins her debut election

As controversial and right-wing actor-turned politician Kangana Ranaut wins her debut election and assumes power in her constituency representing the BJP, Indian media have hypothesised that the actor’s star power played a major hand in swaying voters. As a report by the Hindustan Times shows, Ranaut is by no means the first celebrity to have changed careers and begun a new life in politics. This election, with both, Ranaut and her fellow actor-turned-politician Arun Govil having assumed office, Indian politics is no stranger to housing celebrities as MPs.

As per Indian media reports, the country went to the polls from April 19 to June 1 in seven phases to elect the 543 members in the lower house of the Parliament, and many from the showbiz were in the fray, including returning star-politicians Hema Malini and Manoj Tiwari. A long-time supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ranaut was elected from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, her home state. Drawing in voters during her intense campaign, Ranaut defeated Vikramaditya Singh, the son of six-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh and state Congress chief Pratibha Singh. Upon winning the election, Ranaut spoke about devoting her life to public service.