Actor Isha Koppikar joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. She became the second actress in the recent times who had done Bollywood films to join the BJP. On January 2, actress Moushmi Chatterjee also had joined the BJP.
There were speculations that Madhuri Dixit will also be joining the party. But the actress has denied them.
Isha Koppikar had started her career in a Tamil film in 1998. She was also seen in Hrithik Roshan's starrer Fiza.
She is well known for her dance number 'Khallas' song from the movie 'Company' which was released in 2002. She had made her Bollywood debut in this movie which was made by Ram Gopal Varma. She has also appeared in Tamil, Telegu, Marathi and Kannada films.
Ms Koppikar's appointment comes a day after a BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya took a jibe at Congress saying, "they want to contest the coming elections by banking on chocolatey faces."
After the remark sparked controversy, however, he clarified saying he was referring to only actors and not political leaders. "I would like to tell my friends in media that if there is such a statement, then they should cross-check it. I used the term chocolaty face for Bollywood actors. I did not use it for any political leader," he said.
On January 23, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed the Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East, marking her official entry into active politics.
On Priyanka's political role, Congress president Rahul Gandhi who appointed her said that her main job is to revive the Congress in Uttar Pradesh. No decision on her role outside that state has been taken.
Stating that he and Priyanka share a strong bond, the Congress president said "both of us have been through hell together" as he recalled the assassinations of his grandmother Indira Gandhi, father Rajiv Gandhi and subsequent political upheavals in the family.
The Lok Sabha elections will take place in the month of May in 2019.