Shatrughan Sinha Comes Out in Support of Arvind Kejriwal

BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha (file photo).

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New Delhi: Disgruntled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha, in a series of tweets on Saturday, blasted his own party leadership blaming it for the Delhi government standoff between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Center over of full statehood for the capital city and return of the senior bureaucrats to work who had been staying away from their work since last February.

Supporting Kejriwal's position, Sinha said that the demand for Delhi's statehood had been long-standing and even the BJP had been in its favor for a long time but now the BJP-led Central government is punishing Kejriwal just to spite him and to score political points.

Kejriwal and his ministers had been on a dharna in the state guest house for the last six days demanding statehood for Delhi and a meeting with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to resolve bureaucrats not showing up for work allegedly at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his men on a dharna in Delhi.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his men on a dharna in Delhi.

As reported, a number of senior IAS officers had been avoiding showing up for work in a sign of protest after Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted by 11 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators in the presence of Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia last February.

Sinha's tweetSinha's tweet

Sinha's tweetSinha's tweet

"The dharna of mass leader & gentleman politician Arvind says it all. Dear Sir! Full statehood for Delhi has been a very strong demand of BJP & now when Arvind is asking for it why this stiff opposition?" Sinha tweeted followed by another tweet "…work for a cause.....or else the famous song of yester years in the great & late Manmohan Desai's film "Roti" may come true - " Ye public hai sab janti hai". Lets (sic) address their genuine grievances before it's too late Sir. Sooner the better. Jai Hind!".

Sinha's sentiment is echoed by other politicians as well including his colleague and former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, Kerala Chief Minister Pinaravi Vijayan, and Communist Party of India-M leader Sitaram Yechuri, among others.

Congress Party leader Sheila Dikshit, however, described Kejriwal's dharna a political stunt and an excuse to not work or perform his duties as an elected official.

Another BJP leader who went rogue and left the party, Yashwant Sinha also accused the Modi administration of 'escalating' the situation by refusing to resolve the crisis in a diplomatic and mature manner.

"The Home Minister should call a meeting of the LG, the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary of Delhi and resolve the issue of the non-cooperation by the bureaucracy with the elected government of Delhi without any further loss of time," the former Union Minister said in an op-ed on NDTV.

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