Shatrughan Sinha to Support NDA Government in No-Trust Motion

Shatrughan Sinha (R) with RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav in a recent photograph.

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New Delhi: After months of bad-mouthing his own party and hobnobbing with party's sworn enemies, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Patna Saheb MP Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday dispelled the rumor that he was going to vote against the Narendra Modi government at the Center in the Friday no-confidence motion initiated by the Telugu Desam Party (TDM) leader and former NDA ally Chandrababu Naidu.

"I don't know how this rumor started but I am a BJP member and as long as I am in the BJP, I will continue to support it and follow the party rules. I wonder why some people thought it otherwise," Sinha, who had been a very vocal critic of Narendra Modi-led BJP with his voice against his own party becoming louder and louder in the last several months, said in Delhi.

"I realize a lot of people are waiting for my exit from the party but I am sticking around regardless of what people say," he said.

Sinha had been courting suspension from the party following his relentless attack on the BJP leadership. He has been openly flirting with Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar by attending Iftar party hosted by Lalu's son Tejaswi Yadav and by visiting the RJD chief in Jharkhand prison where the former Chief Minister of Bihar is serving time in connection with the multi-crore rupees fodder scam.

Sinha's detractors were hoping he would vote against his own party in the no-trust vote in the Parliament as it would have given the Modi-Shah duo a good reason to expel him from the BJP but with the actor-turned-politician announcing his vote ahead of the count, Sinha appears to have once again thwarted his party leaders' attempt to sideline him.

Others, however, speculate that the recent upgrade of Shatrughan Sinha's security detail to Y-Plus, the sulking MP from Patna Saheb feels adequately placated by the party top brass and today's announcement that he would vote in favor of the Modi government was the direct result of that upgrade.

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