After enthralling audiences with her voice, popular Punjabi singer Miss Pooja is now set to join politics, as she will join the BJP on Monday.
Miss Pooja, whose real name is Gurinder Kaur Kainth, hails from Rajpura town of Patiala and got married in Doaba.
It is learnt that the BJP that is finding it tough to find a suitable scheduled caste candidate from Hoshiarpur may field her against union minister Santosh Chaudhry.
She is married into a Lubana family; the community dominates in four of the nine assembly segments in the Hoshiarpur parliamentary constituency.
Earlier, Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans had joined the Shiromani Akali Dal and unsucessfully contested the parliamentary elections from Jalandhar. Recently, pop singer Daler Mehndi had joined the Congress in New Delhi.
Before becoming a professional singer, Miss Pooja received a master's degree in music and worked as a music teacher at Patel Public School in Rajpura. She chose Miss Pooja as her professional name as Pooja is her nickname.
She has also acted in seven Punjabi films, including five in a leading role.
"There is no pre-condition, neither any offer. Miss Pooja is impressed with the ideology of the party and popularity of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narender Modi," said Vineet Joshi, BJP leader and assistant media adviser to the Punjab government.
Taking a dig at the move, the Congress said the BJP had become a leaderless party, so it was banking on singers, actors and cricketers. "Look, cricketer Navjot Sidhu is fighting from Amritsar, actor Vinod Khanna from Gurdaspur and now they want to field Miss Pooja from Hoshiarpur. It shows the state BJP does not have even a single political leader to contest the poll on all three seats allotted to them. The new taxes have eroded the base of the party in Punjab, thus they intend to rope in stars to create illusion about the party's popularity," said Nimisha Mehta, Congress spokesperson. She said in case Miss Pooja got the ticket, like Hans Raj Hans of the SAD, she would also end up not only losing the election but also in singing."
Meanwhile, controversy surrounds the singer. Whereas she is popular among the youth, she has also been facing criticism for singing "vulgar" songs. Istri Jagriti Manch, a social organisation, had recently burnt her effigies all over the state saying her songs were vulgar.