The Hush Post|05:40pm| 1-min-read
Where actor actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha recently joined the Congress, his wife Poonam Sinha joined the Samajwadi Party on Tuesday. She is likely to contest from the prestigious Lucknow seat in Uttar Pradesh.
Lucknow was represented by the legendary politician and the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1991 to 2009 .
Poonam Sinha was welcomed into the party by Dimple Yadav, the wife of Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav. With just two days left for nominations close for Lucknow, it was speculated that Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal in Uttar Pradesh would go for Poonam Sinha as their candidate against Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh of the BJP.
In this Lok Sabha election, the seat has fallen into the Samajwadi Party’s share of seats as part of its alliance with Mayawati’s BSP.
Poonam Sinha, 69, is a former model and actor, with no experience in politics unlike her husband who had been associated with the BJP for almost three decades and was a union minister twice.
The Congress is unlikely to field anyone in the seat with their leader’s wife in the race.