Lalu Yadav Advised Me to Join Congress; Says Shatrughan Sinha

Shatrughan Sinha and Lalu Prasad Yadav.

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New Delhi: Soon to be ex-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha who is poised to contest Lok Sabha election from his traditional Patna Saheb seat, in an interview, said that it was Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who ‘advised’ him to leave BJP and join Congress instead because Congress was truly a national party.

“I had met with Lalu ji earlier and it was he who convinced me to join Congress and contest Lok Sabha election from my old seat of Patna Saheb. A number of parties including Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP), and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wanted me to join their party but I had always maintained that the party name was irrelevant so long I was fielded from Patna Saheb seat,” the actor-turned-politician said.

Without mentioning his own name, Sinha said that he was pained by the treatment of senior party leaders like L K Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi, Yashwant Sinha, and Arun Shourie by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his men and that played a major role in his decision to walk out of the BJP that he had been a member of for his entire political life.

When asked about his reaction on the BJP replacing him with Ravi Shankar Prasad for the Patna Saheb seat, Sinha said Prasad was a good friend of his and held no ill-will against him. “I wish him all the best in the coming election,” he said.

Sinha, who is set to join Congress on April 6, praised Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and said the nation needs to keep an eye on him as Gandhi is both dynamic and a visionary.

Earlier, his daughter and film star Sonakshi Sinha had said that she often wondered what took it this long for her father to dump BJP and join Congress instead.


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