Chandigarh, Dec. 17, 2013- Punjabi singer Miss Pooja joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Punjab party unit president Kamal Sharma here on Monday.
During the press conference, the media asked Sharma why the BJP was making celebrities join the party and contest the elections while ignoring the party cadre. Reacting sharply, Sharma said he was "not answerable to anyone". "It is the party's decision and I don't want to speak further on this issue," he said. When asked about reports of Miss Pooja to be fielded as the party's candidate from Hoshiarpur constituency in the parliamentary elections, Sharma ruled out the possibility.
The BJP had fielded cricketer-turned-commentator Navjot Singh Sidhu and Vinod Khanna from Amritsar and Gurdaspur parliamentary constituencies, respectively, in previous Lok Sabha elections. Miss Pooja said, "I am impressed by the policies of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and I have not joined the party for any gratification but to serve the people. There can't be a better place to work than the BJP."
The singer added that she would work to check drug menace and female foeticide in Punjab. "I would continue singing. Politics would help my singing and vice-versa," she said. 'CLEAR STAND ON 1984 RIOTS' On being asked about the Congress' statement that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had no moral right to address a rally in Punjab as he had failed to protect interests of Sikh farmers in Kutch, Kamal Sharma said the Congress should first clear its stand on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.