Shatrughan Sinha At Mamata’s Rally Says He is Trying to Save Democracy in India

BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha at Mamata Banerjee's rally in Kolkata on Saturday.

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Kolkata: Continue to test the patience of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top leadership, Shatrughan Sinha, MP from Patna Saheb, ripped into his own party leadership during his appearance at the grand rally of the non-NDA parties hosted by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Saturday.

Sharing the stage with Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, former Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, DMK leader MK Stalin, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav. Former Janata Dal – U leader Sharad Yadav, former Union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha, and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav, Sinha, the actor-turned-politician, slammed his own party and its leadership saying the country, under Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, had turned into a dictatorship where democratic norms were systematically destroyed on a daily basis.

“Not only there is a conscious effort by this government to destroy the opposition voice, it took certain unilateral decisions like demonetization and the GST that has hurt the middle-class, poor people, farmers, traders, and even the youths of India. Prime Minister Modi issued the ‘Tughlaqi Diktat’ when he announced demonetization at midnight. He did not even think of the ordinary women in the country who are traditionally known for saving cash at home to save for emergencies and similar unexpected expenses,” he said at the opposition’s ‘BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao’ rally attended by hundreds of thousands of people.

Refusing to be silenced by the ‘arm-twisting’ techniques of the Modi-Shah duo, Sinha said he would continue to speak for the people of Bihar and they were free to throw him out of the party if they felt compelled to do so.

“Telling truth is not wrong. If speaking truth is seen as a sign of rebellion then I feel free to call me a rebel,” Sinha, who is considered by other party leaders as a BJP-ino, or BJP in name only, said.

Sinha also lambasted Modi on the Rafale deal saying the Prime Minister needed to come clean on the fighter plane deal and until he does that, he should be ready to be addressed as ‘Chowkidar hi Chor Hai’, or ‘the security guard is the crook’.

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