Joined Congress With Lalu Yadav’s “Permission”, Says Shatrughan Sinha

Actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha, who has announced that he is quitting the BJP and joining Congress, said today that he has decided to join the Congress as it was a national party in the “ture-sense” and also family friend and RJD chief Lalu Prasad advised him to do so.

The former union minister said that he was invited by several party leaders to join their respective parties. They include Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal. However, he said from the beginning he was sure that whatever be the situation, the constituency he would be contesting in the Lok Sabha polls would be Patna Sahib.

Referring to his over three decades of association with BJP, he admitted that it was “painful” for him to leave the BJP. But, he said that he was disturbed at the treatment meted out by the party to stalwarts such as L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha.

He claimed that he had won from Patna Sahib in 2014 on his own merit, without support from the party and feels that this time he could break his “previous records” in terms of victory. He slammed the BJP’s leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah saying earlier there was “lokshahi” (democracy) and now there is “tanashahi” (dictatorship) in the party.

“There used to be collective decision during Atal (Bihari Vajpayee) ji’s time. There was democracy in the true sense. But now, there is the case of one-man show and two-man army,” he added. He alleged that the BJP had been threatening him for long that it will take action against him. “I kept on reminding them that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. They have taken so-called action (of not giving ticket), so it is high time for an appropriate reaction,” Sinha added.

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