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Mathura, Apr 07, 2014 (BSS//PTI) In the Lok Sabha polls fray from here on BJP ticket, yesteryears' heart-throb Hema Malini Monday said she was destined to make electoral entry from the land of Lord Krishna which she opted over Noida and Ghaziabad.

However, she said she is not nervous as she was before release of her debut movie "Sapnon Ka Saudagar".

Noting that the party gave her three options, Mathura, Noida and Ghaziabad, the veteran actress said she chose Mathura because she always wanted to do something for this place.

"Mathura is my dream and I even told (BJP President) Rajnath Singh about it. When you think about Mathura-Vrindavan the first thing that comes to your mind is Krishna and Brij. But the whole region lacks cleanliness, which is my first priority. I want better sewage systems and revival of for Brij encompassing Barsana, Nandgaon and Gokul."

Up against sitting MP Jayant Chaudhary, son of Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh, the actress said, "Definitely, people want change. The person (sitting MP) who is here for last five years has not done anything. People say that he doesn't even come here. He hardly came here five-six times."

Mathura is going to polls on April 24.

"If you look at it spiritually, people say that without the permission of Radhaji, nobody can enter or leave Brij. So, it is also due to her blessings that I am here," 65-year-old 'dreamgirl' told PTI in an interview.

She makes a visit to this temple-town every three months, she said. "People even say I own a house in Vrindavan though I don't, but what can be better than to be associated with this land," she added.

Dismissing the notion that due to her stardom she cannot gel with voters, the actress and well-known dancer said, "I don't have to get down and go to every house like my opponents are doing. I have got enough love and affection from the people and will do the work from wherever I am elected" while exuding confidence that this adulation and love will translate into votes.

Responding to Singh's comments that like her husband Dharmendra, she would not stay here but run away, she said her husband had done enough work for Bikaner when he was the MP from there.

"Dharamji did not run away. He executed a lot of work in Bikaner. His opponents tried to mislead people but Dharamji is so sweet, he never complained. I have the record of the work done by him in his constituency. You please go through that," she said.