It’s Shatrughan Sinha’s wife vs Rajnath Singh in Lucknow?

Poonam Sinha
Poonam Sinha’s family with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in its happier times with the BJP (Image credit NDTV)

Sitting BJP MP from Patna Sahib parliamentary constituency in Bihar, Shatrughan Sinha, has recently joined the Congress after being denied ticket to contest in the April-May Lok Sabha elections. And actor-turned-politician is all set to fight the election from the same seat as Congress candidate against BJP heavyweight Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Now it appears Shatrughan Sinha has decided to bring in his wife Poonam Sinha to politics to fight against another BJP heavyweight Rajnath Singh from Lucknow parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

According to reports, the 69-year-old Poonam Sinha will be fielded as Ghatabandan’s (SP-BSP alliance) candidate. The Congress will leave the constituency alone, in line with its decision to not contest seven key seats in Uttar Pradesh in a friendly gesture towards Ghatabandan. It means there would a direct between Rajanath Singh and Poonam Sinha.

Reports say caste calculations are the main reason for picking Poonam Sinha for the Lucknow seat.  The voters in the constituency include about 4 lakh Kayasthas (the caste of Shatrughan Sinha), 1.3 lakh Sindhis (the caste of Poonam) and 3.5 lakh Muslims.

However, Lucknow has been a BJP bastion, with the party winning every single Lok Sabha election since 1991. It remains to be seen if Poonam Sinha could garner all these votes undivided to unseat Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.