New Delhi, Apr 6: Bollywood actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday said he was leaving the BJP with a heavy heart as it had become a 'one man show and two men army'.
Sinha, who joined the Congress in the presence of the senior party leaders K C Venugopal, Shaktisinh Gohil and AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala, ‘’It is with a heavy heart that I am leaving the BJP. I have seen BJP turning from Democracy to dictatorship. It has become a ‘one man show and a two man army’. Voice of people like Mr Yashwant Sinha, Murli Manohar Joshi and myself is not being heard,’’Sinha said.
He mentioned how Yashwant Sinha had to leave politics and in a veiled reference to Lal Krishna Advani, pointed out how senior and founding members of the party have been ignored and sent to the 'Margdarshak Mandal', which is a subtle way of diverting senior leaders from mainstream politics. Mr Sinha was ignored in his party for long and he was quite critical of the party leadership in recent days. He said that when he spoke against Demonetisation, he was called a rebel. ‘’I have always spoken for the wellbeing of our youth and farmers. When I opposed Demonetisation, I was called a rebel. If speaking the truth is rebellion, then yes, I'm a rebel,’’he said.
Calling Demonetisation as the world's biggest scam, he said,’’the BJP did not care about anyone and treated their opponents as enemies.’’ Lashing out at the BJP for denying him a Lok Sabha ticket from patna Sahib , Sinha said,’’my only fault was I stuck to my principles and the truth.’’ Mr Sinha said that Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav has been instrumental in his decision to join the Congress. Speaking on the occasion, Mr K C Venugopal said,''it is the happiest moment for the entire Congress. Shatrugan Sinha is one of the best parliamentarians. Earlier he was in the wrong party, but now he is in the right party.''
Welcoming him to the party Mr Surjewala said, his entry would strengthen the party.
"We appreciate Mr Sinha's unwavering honesty in the face of opposition and his ability to speak his mind without fear. We welcome him into the party"Mr Surjewala said. Sinha joined Congress after he was denied a Lok Sabha ticket from Patna Sahib by the BJP. Mr Sinha was sitting MP from the seat. Also present on the occasion were leaders of the Bihar Congress Sinha is likely to be fielded by the Congress from the patna Sahib seat. (UNI)