LUCKNOW: The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Wednesday fielded actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha’s wife Poonam Sinha as its Lok Sabha candidate from Lucknow, the constituency where the BJP has fielded Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The candidature was announced by SP president Akhilesh Yadav, a day after Poonam Sinha joined his party.
“After due deliberations with the party leaders, it has been decided that Poonam Sinha will be the party nominee from Lucknow seat,” Yadav told reporters here.
“The Samajwadi Party will fight the election on the Lucknow seat only on the basis of the development work done by its government and that of the BSP,” he said.
Reminding people of Lucknow of the work done in the past by his party, the SP chief appealed to them to vote for Sinha.
“It is said that the first MP from here was a woman,” Yadav said.
Poonam Sinha joined the SP the day Singh filed his nomination papers, hoping to retain the seat he won in 2014.
Polling will be held in Lucknow, along with 13 other Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, in the fifth phase of parliamentary elections on May 6.
Results will be announced on May 23.
Source: Press Trust of India