BJP rebel Shatrughan Sinha joins Congress, says Rahul 'future of the nation'

BJP rebel Shatrughan Sinha joins Congress, says Rahul 'future of the nation'

BJP rebel Shatrughan Sinha joins Congress, says Rahul 'future of the nation'

He will contest as Congress candidate from Patna Sahib in Bihar.

Describing the BJP as a “one-man show, two-man army”, filmstar-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday bid adieu to the saffron party as he officially joined the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress also announced he will be fielded from Patna Sahib constituency in Bihar.

The 72-year-old leader had developed the reputation of being a rebel in the BJP, and was outspoken in his criticism of the present leadership of the party. He was recently overlooked in nominations for the coming Lok Sabha polls, and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad replaced him as the BJP's candidate from Patna Sahib.

Addressing a press conference at the AICC headquarters, Sinha criticised the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah at great length. “There used to be democracy in the party. But we saw that change into dictatorship... Veteran leaders, who are our margdarshaks (guides), were sidelined and pushed into a Margdarshak Mandal. You saw what they did to leaders like L. K. Advani, Jaswant Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi, Arun Shourie, Yashwant Sinha,” he said.

 

Sinha said he was sidelined in the BJP and not given his due because he chose not to be a silent spectator to what was happening in the party. “I have only spoken in the interest of the nation. I did not seek any cut or commission,” he said. He pointed out that his exit from the BJP coincides with the saffron party's 49th foundation day anniversary.

He further said that the Modi government had taken disastrous decisions such as demonetisation and implementation of a complicated Goods and Services Tax.

On the other hand, Sinha called Congress president Rahul Gandhi a “dynamic leader” and the “future of the nation”.

Shatrughan Sinha@ShatruganSinha

It's with a heavy heart and immense pain that I finally bid adieu to my old party, for reasons best known to all of us, on 6th April, which also happens to be the Sansthapna Diwas of BJP.
I don't hold any ill will for our people as they were like my family and I was groomed in

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In his inimitable style, Sinha, known as the 'Bihari Babu', peppered the press briefing with smart one-liners. And the usually sophisticated Sinha also slipped into highly rustic Bhojpuri with great ease.

To a question on whether it would not be difficult for him to win Patna Sahib this time since the BJP's cadre will not be with him, Sinha said, in an apparent allusion to his personal popularity, that in the previous Lok Sabha polls, he had won with the highest percentage of votes. “They have the strength of a publicity mechanism. Even the media is forced to sing their tune. But I have the support of the Congress and the RJD,” he said

Source By :-  The Week