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Sapna Chaudhary denies reports of joining Congress

Narinder Rathi of the Congress, who was seen in a photo helping Chaudhary fill a nomination form on Saturday, said Sapna and her sister had approached him for party membership

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India Elections Sapna Chaudhary denies reports of joining Congress

New Delhi: Singer-dancer Sapna Choudhary has denied reports about joining Congress. She said she had not joined the Congress. The photo, which set the tongues wagging, shared with Priyanka Gandhi is quite old, she said.

“I am not going to campaign for any party,” said the singer.

Sapna Chaudhary was bound by a contract. A photo was shared on social media implying her association with Priyanka Gandhi.

Reports in the past two days suggested the Congress could field Sapna Choudhary against Hema Malini from the Mathura seat. The BJP has nominated Hema Malini for the second consecutive time from Mathura.

Sapna lying?

Uttar Pradesh Congress secretary Narinder Rathi (who was seen in a photo helping Chaudhary fill a nomination form on Saturday) said that Sapna and her sister had approached him for Congress membership. He had filled the form. “I have both the forms,” Rathi said.

The alleged Congress membership form of Sapna Chaudhary was shared on social sites. The photograph shows the date of filling up the form as 23 March. The signature of Sapna Chaudhary allegedly appears in this membership form.

Recent developments

Earlier, former BJP MP Uday Singh had joined the Congress. He alleged that he was not able to understand why the saffron party had “surrendered” to Nitish Kumar, giving 17 out of 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar to the JD(U). Uday Singh had resigned from the BJP in January.

On Saturday, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir had joined the BJP. Gambhir joined the BJP in the presence of Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad. He said he was impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

15 crore new voters

The dates of the Lok Sabha election have been announced. This election is being held in seven phases. The first phase will be on 11 April while the last phase will be on 19 May. The counting of votes will take place on 23 May.

A large number of voters will vote for the first time. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that this time the number of voters in the Lok Sabha elections will be around 90 crore. He described the forthcoming elections as the biggest festival of democracy.

The CEC said there would be about 10 lakh polling booths, which is nine lakhs more than the number in the 2014 general elections. In all, 1.5 crore voters who are 18-19 years old are on the electoral roll. He said, “The Election Commission has made a very comprehensive preparation for the election.”

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