Lucknow: Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday said that he has done no wrong in campaigning for his wife Poonam Sinha, a Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate for the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat.

“I have completed the pati-dharam by campaigning in Lucknow and Poonam will undertake her patni-dharam by campaigning for me in Patna,” said Sinha, who has been criticised by Congress’ Lucknow candidate Acharya Pramod.

Speaking to IANS, Sinha further said,”I do not understand why this controversy is being unnecessarily stoked. When I joined the Congress last month, I had told the party leadership that I would support and campaign for my wife and they had agreed.”

He claimed”Even the Samajwadi Party has been informed that once the Lucknow polling is over on May 6, my wife Poonam will be campaigning for me in Patna and they have no objection. For me, it has always been family first.”

Earlier on Friday, Acharya Pramod, the Congress’ Lucknow candidate had attacked Sinha saying, “From the behaviour of Shatrughan Sinha, it appears that although he has joined the Congress, but has not yet resigned from the RSS.”

Shatrughan Sinha had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party recently and is the Congress candidate from the Patna Sahib constituency in Bihar. Poonam Sinha is the SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate from Lucknow, who is contesting against Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Pramod.

Lucknow goes to polls in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election next Monday.