Union Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday exuded confidence in Union Minister Rajnath Singh's victory in Lucknow parliamentary constituency while asserting that his rival candidate Poonam Sinha is like her sister-in-law.
"Shatrughan Sinha is like my brother and it is his wife who is contesting the elections. However, in Lucknow Rajnath Singh will win with a big margin. This is a BJP seat and with home minister contesting from here, the strength has doubled," Bharti told ANI.
Speaking about the candidature of Pragya Thakur from Bhopal constituency, she said, "Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded one candidate. She is educated, has been a student leader. Being an ascetic is her personal life."
Bharti also claimed that the SP-BSP-RLD alliance will have no impact in the polls. "The alliance has failed in past as well. This is a principle-less alliance and it has no strength. These alliances are only to stop Prime Minister Modi. Previously the alliances were forged for bigger reasons but not now."
She also lambasted opposition leaders for questioning EVMs and said, "It is not EVM that has malfunctioned but the credibility of opposition leaders has taken a setback. During Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan elections they did not question EVM and now they have started these things again."
Bharti was in Lucknow to campaign for Singh, who is seeking re-election from this parliamentary constituency.
Polling in Lucknow will be held on May 06, and counting of votes will take place on May 23.
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