Poonam Sinha joins SP, to contest from Lucknow against Rajnath Singh

Poonam Sinha (R) with Dimple Yadav after joining SP on Tuesday.

Poonam Sinha, wife of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Tuesday joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Lucknow, barely two hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh filed his nomination papers from the Uttar Pradesh’s capital.

SP MP Dimple Yadav was present at the party office and gave the membership to Poonam Sinha. She reached Lucknow earlier and headed straight to the SP office to formally become a member of the party.

When asked to Rajnath on Sinha contesting against him, Singh said, “Yes somebody must contest, that is the beauty of democracy. We will fight elections with full dignity, tehzeeb jo Lucknow ki bohot badi dharohar hai usko bhi hum kayam rakhenge.”

The party sources said that Poonam Sinha would file her nomination papers on Thursday and she would be the SP-BSP-RLD candidate from Lucknow. Congress was likely to support her.

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The Congress decision not to field any candidate from the state capital paves the way for a one-on-one face-off between Rajnath Singh and Poonam Sinha.

The development comes days after her husband Shatrughan Sinha joined the Congress after quitting the BJP. Polling in UP is being held in all seven phases.

Lucknow will go to poll in the fifth phase on May 6. Results for all the Lok Sabha seats will be announced on May 23.

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