Just a day after Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam Sinha joined a Samajwadi Party, ex-BJP and now Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha accompanied his wife in Lucknow to file her nomination papers. He also joined the SP rally and campaigned for her, alongside Dimple Yadav
While campaigning for his wife, Sinha said: "I and my family are always with you. We were always with you. We will be with you. Samajwadi Party zindabad, Bahujan Samaj Party zindabad. Lucknow zindabad, Uttar Pradesh zindabad."
He also added: "I am here not as a Congress leader but as a husband and surely I have the right to be by my wife's side at this time," he said. He also said that he would also campaign for his wife but not for any other non-Congress candidate.
Talking to reporters after filing the papers, Poonam Sinha said: "I am confident of my victory. My party has done a lot of work here and I have the blessings of the people of Lucknow." Poonam Sinha later took out a roadshow in which her husband Shatrughan Singh and two sons Luv and Kush were also present.
In the first week of April, Shatrughan Sinha joined Congress after a long tussle with the BJP from where his political career began. Creating a controversy just two days before the second phase of elections, his wife Poonam Sinha joined the Samajwadi party in Lucknow. The Samajwadi Party and Congress are not allies in the upcoming elections.
While Shatrughan Sinha is pitted against the Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, his wife filed nomination against the Union Minister Rajnath Singh from Lucknow. However, Congress has nominated Acharya Pramod Krishnam as their candidate from Lucknow.
The BSP-SP alliance had refused to seal a deal with the Congress before the elections began as they said that Congress' votes do not get transfered to the gathbandhan.
Uttar Pradesh polls on all seven phases and counting will take place on May 23.