Patna: In a clear reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Man Friday Amit Shah, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Patna Saheb and former Bollywood star Shatrughan Sinha, in Patna on Sunday, said his party would be much better if only it ceased to be "a one-man show and a two-man army".
Sinha, who is clearly at odds with the party leadership over the way he has been ignored by the Modi-Shah duo, blew the warning bugle saying if the party failed to see the 'writing on the wall', it was only a matter of time before it would lose the support that it currently enjoys.
"No one is satisfied with the central government policies be it the youths of India, the farmers, or the businessmen. The party is also facing great challenges in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh and if we don't start taking our opponents seriously, our party is in for a very rude awakening," Sinha said at the meeting hall in the Luv Kush Tower that he owns on Exhibition Road.
The former actor, who has a history of hobnobbing with leaders from parties other than his own including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Janata Dal – U President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the ground that his personal relationship remains separate from his political relationship, once again denied he was considering leaving his party.
"I did not join the BJP to leave. However, it is time someone spoke about our party and I am here to say that we cannot meet our challenges if we continue to be a one-man show and a two-man army," he said.
Without taking his own name, the BJP leader said that he was pained by the way senior leaders like L K Advani, Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie, and Murali Manohar Joshi were sidelined from the party by the current leadership without any rhyme or reason.
"I don't understand what did they do to deserve marginalization from the party like this. If there were some issues or mistakes were made then as a big joint family, they should have been discussed and resolved internally. But the way they have been treated is just not right," he said.
Sinha also disapproved of the demonetization and GST policies of the Modi government saying both failed to accomplish what there were expected to achieve.
"Black money are still circulating and GST so far has been good only for the Chartered Accountants," he said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS