Luv Sinha to start his political career as a Congress candidate

In the upcoming Bihar Assembly election this month, Luv Sinha, son of Shatrughan Sinha is all ready to debut his political career. Luv, who is a 37-year-old young leader Congress candidate from Bankipore is pitted against the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Nitin Navin.

Former Union Minister Shatrughan Sinha was elected twice to Parliament when he was in the BJP in 2009 and 2014 from Bankipore, which is a part of the Patna Lok Sabha constituency.

Last year, after Shatrughan Sinha was dropped by the BJP and contested as a Congress candidate, he lost to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Just like Patna Sahib, Bankipore is also seen as a BJP stronghold. The major factor that affects the choice of candidates is the caste; both belonging to the upper caste.

Congress this year is a part of the Janata Dal-United (JDU) led-opposition. After long negotiations and talks, Congress got a total of 70 seats to contest the elections. Bankipore is one of them. This is more or less seen as a lost cause, where RJD had no hope of winning at all.

To make things even more interesting, Pushpam Priya Chaudhary, who entered politics through huge advertisements in the newspapers and by calling herself as the future Chief Minister of Bihar, will also be contesting from the same seat.

Unlike Shatrughan Sinha and Sonakshi Sinha, Luv Sinha had a very short-lived career in the film industry. His movie “Sadiyaan’ was in 2010 and the last time he was seen on the screen was in the 2018 film “Paltan”.

Luv’s mother Poonam Sinha was the Samajwadi Party’s candidate for the 2019 national election from Lucknow, where Union Minister Rajnath Singh won. This makes him the third person from his family to contest elections.

Voting for the Bihar Assembly elections will be done on October 28, November 3, and 7. The results are to be declared on November 10.

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Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is a student at the Centre for Chinese and South-east Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He also works with Hasratein- a Delhi based queer collective. The current area of his academic interest lies in the study of the Chinese language and society.