Poonam Sinha, wife of actor-turned politician Shatrugan Sinha is all set to contest against BJP senior Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh from Lucknow constituency, on a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket with BSP’s support.
Her husband has already joined Congress and contesting from his own seat Patna Sahib in Bihar as Congress candidate. Poonam Sinha today formally joined in Samajwadi Party in the presence of its MP Dimple Yadav, wife of party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
The SP, which got Lucknow in its kitty under the BSP-SP-RLD alliance seat distribution, had been busy finding a suitable candidate to give a tough fight to Rajnath Singh.
Earlier, Shatrughan Sinha had met with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to discuss the candidature of his wife. Congress is also set to extend its support to her candidature.
There are four lakh Kayastha voters and 1.3 lakh Sindhi voters in Lucknow, apart from 3.5 lakh Muslims. The fact that Poonam Sinha is a Sindhi while her husband Shatrughan Sinha is a Kayastha is expected to give a major push to her candidature. She is likely to file her nomination on April 18, which also the last day of nomination for the fifth phase of polling, scheduled for May 6.