Disgruntled BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha's wife is likely to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on Samajwadi Party ticket, according to sources. Poonam Sinha may contest from Lucknow Lok Sabha seat, from where the BJP has fielded Union minister Rajnath Singh, they added.
This comes a day after the BJP dropped Shatrughan Sinha and fielded Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from the Patna Sahib seat in Bihar. Sinha is likely to be fielded by the Mahagathbandhan from Patna Sahib, the seat he is representing for the second consecutive term.
Days ago, Shatrughan had held a meeting with leader Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow, giving rise to speculations that he may contest the general elections on a Samajwadi Party ticket. However, not it is believed that the meeting may have been held to discuss on Poonam Sinha's entry into politics.
Associated with the BJP since the 1990s, Sinha fell out with the party's leadership in the recent past, complaining it has become a "one-man show and two-man army"-- a reference apparently to the Prime Minister and his trusted aide and party president Amit Shah.
Sinha had served as a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and is serving his second consecutive term as MP from Patna Sahib.
Akhilesh Yadav will contest from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, which was represented by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. The 79-year-old SP patriarch will contest from "safe seat" Mainpuri this time. The Samajwadi Party also announced that senior leader Mohd Azam Khan will contest from Rampur.