New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 12: Senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha is one politician who does not shy away from calling a aspade a spade, even if it involves the high and mighty. He is among those very few who while remaing within the party dares to be vocal, critising the policies and decisions of his own government. And he never repents for doing so. And also, he is the only BJP leader, who has wonederful wonderful relationship with leading political leaders of other major parties and he never has any qualms about it, caring little what the senior leaders of his party are thinking. On numerous occasions There have been numerous occasions when he has publicly criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He is known for making acerbic comments against his own party.
Now there are faint reports from various quarters that Sinha is likely to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections form the VVIP constituency of Varanasi. According to a report in the Times of India, Samajwadi Party leadership is thinking on the lines of offering a ticket to Sinha if he chooses to quit the BJP ahead of the crucial 2019 polls.
What is trigerring the speculation is the fact that Sinha went to meet Smajwadi leader Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday and hailed the young Turk as an able leader.
This is a fact that PM Modi is very popular in Varansi and he stands there as a tall leader. Shatrughan Sinha's popularity pales, comparitivey.
But seeing the latest development in Gujarat, when the North Indian workers have migrated back to their respective states, and there was an exodus of sorts; Sinha's chances cannot be ruled out outrightly.
Sinha is also very popular among the Kayastha community in Uttar pradesh.
Addressing a gathering here on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan, who gave the clarion call of 'Sampoorna Kranti' (complete revolution), Sinha asked why PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was "sidelined" in favour of a private firm as an offset Indian partner of Dassault Aviation for manufacturing the fighter aircraft.
"The public want an answer on the Rafale deal. You have to speak up, and mere ignoring it will not do. Why was HAL which had the experience of manufacturing MiGs and Sukhoi sidelined and a 10-day-old company with (virtually) zero balance and zero experience was given the job," the BJP MP said, flanked by former party leader Yashwant Sinha and Samajwadi Party president.
There was a lighter moment when , "I love you (mujhe aapse pyaar ho gaya hai)." To which, the actor-turned-politician replied, saying, "Don't blush otherwise I will be accused of #MeToo."