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Shatrughan joins opposition rally on Rafale

Sharing the stage with opposition leaders in Kolkata, disgruntled BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha Saturday is known for changing the government in the 2019 Lok Sabha election and said he was not afraid of being removed from the ruling party.

He insisted he would continue to “show mirror” to the party and call “a spade a spade”.

The Bihar MP spoke at length and attacked the Modi government on the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal, demonetization and implementation of GST.

“If you keep suppressing facts, people will continue to say ‘chaukidarchorhain’,” he said, utilizing the word Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been employing to criticize the prime minister on the Rafale jet deal issue.

Sinha has been at odds with his party over various issues and has criticized the demonetization exercise and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax. He has said he was attending the rally hosted by TMC chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata as a representative of the Rashtra Manch, a political action group set up by former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

“My elder brother Yashwant Sinha was saying that after this I will be definitely removed from the party, I told him ‘koi baatnahihai’ (no problem),” he stated at the rally attended by several opposition leaders, including from the AAP and the RJD.

Known for his powerful dialogues in Hindi movies, Sinha stated that he is in Bharatiya Janata Party but before that he “is with Bharat kijanata.”

Two days ago, Sinha had said he did not get “respect” in the BJP and will attend the Kolkata rally, which was being projected as a show of strength by anti-BJP political parties.

Sinha was summoned to make his speech after several senior leaders — such as former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, and chief ministers H D Kumaraswami, N Chandrababu Naidu and Arvind Kejriwal — had made their speech.

Sinha praised Banerjee, Gandhi, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.

Sinha, who worked as a Union minister in the NDA cabinet of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, said there was “lokshahi” during Vajpayee’s tenure and now it’s “tanashahi” (dictatorship).

He urged every leader present at the dais to walk together to usher a change in the country and facilitate a new leadership to take over.

The BJP alleged the party will take “cognizance” of Sinha’s presence at the united opposition rally against the Narendra Modi government and termed the actor-turned-politician an “opportunist.”

“Sinha has been speaking against the party at various platforms. And it is always important for the BJP to act against such people and the party will take cognizance of it,” BJP’s national spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.


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