Bollywood actress Isha Koppikar joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday in the presence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Koppikar has been appointed as the working president of the BJP’s women transport wing, news agency ANI reported.
The move comes just months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Taking to Twitter, the actress thanked the party for the “warm” welcome adding that she was looking forward to serving the nation.
Thank You For the warm welcome..Look forward to serve the nation 🙏🏻 @narendramodi @bjpindia @bjpmaharashtra @bjpmumbai @nitingadkari @devendrafadnavis @ashishshelar @hajiarfatshaikh @vinodtawde @amarsable @amitshah pic.twitter.com/GESTfg4VG4
— Isha Koppikar (@ishakonnects) January 27, 2019
The development comes a day after senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya took a swipe at the Congress over Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s entry in politics and said it was fielding “chocolaty” faces in Lok Sabha polls as it has a dearth of strong leaders.
“A Congress leader demands that Kareena Kapoor should be fielded from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat. Sometimes others talk about fielding Salman Khan from Indore. Likewise, Priyanka (Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra) was also brought into active politics,” Vijayvargiya had told reporters.
Earlier on January 2, Veteran actor Moushumi Chatterjee, who played lead roles in many Hindi and Bengali hit movies in the 60s and 70s, had joined the BJP.
Asserting that she wants to work for the BJP and strengthen it, the 70-year-old actor joined the party in the presence of senior leaders including BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is also the in-charge for West Bengal, and Mukul Roy.
The actress had fought the 2004 Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket from Kolkata north-east seat but lost.