Veteran actor Moushumi Chatterjee joined the ruling BJP today, months before the national election due by May. Sources say she is likely to contest elections.
In 2004, she had contested the national election as a Congress candidate in Bengal.
The 70-year-old Bengali actor joined the BJP in the presence of Kailash Vijayargiya, a senior leader in charge of Bengal. She had met with top BJP leaders in Delhi on Tuesday, according to reports.
"I want to work with the BJP," she was quoted as telling reporters.
Ms Chatterjee also said that she was an admirer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
After she was defeated in the Calcutta North-East constituency in 2004, Ms Chatterjee apparently retreated from active politics. She lost to Left candidate Mohammad Salim.
She was seen in a number of Hindi and Bengali films in the sixties and the seventies, and recently also featured in the critically acclaimed Deepika Padukone-starrer "Piku".
The BJP has been working to win over eminent personalities from different walks of life in the eastern state where it has emerged as a main challenger to the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress.
Another actor, Rupa Ganguly, had joined the BJP in 2015. She is now a Rajya Sabha member.
With inputs from PTI
Get the latest election news, live updates and election schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on ndtv.com/elections. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates from each of the 543 parliamentary seats for the 2019 Indian general elections. Election results will be out on May 23.