‘I do not know whether tomorrow I will be thrown out of party or embraced by it’
A day after his late night meeting with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Bharatiya Janata Party MP and actor Shatrughan Sinha on Sunday emphatically said he was with the BJP and would remain so but also added “who has seen tomorrow?”
Later in the day, Mr Sinha attended a meeting and shared the dias with Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and called him a family friend.
Mr Sinha’s late night meeting with Mr Nitish Kumar on the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a huge rally at Muzaffarpur sent ripples across political circles in the State.
“I met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar last night at his residence as I’ve personal and family relations with him. He is like my brother. I just fail to understand the ruckus over it,” the BJP MP from Patna Sahib said, speaking to journalists.
Terming Mr Kumar as “capable and one of the able chief ministers of the country,” Mr Sinha said: ““I’m from Bihar and if I do not praise my Chief Minister then will I praise the Chief Minister of some other state? Nitish Kumar is our chief minister and he is our guardian…and I’m Bihari Babu.” He also explained that he had not done anything wrong in meeting Nitish Kumar, as earlier he had met Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Mulayam Singh and others. “There is no need to dramatize my meeting with Nitish Kumar,” he urged.
However, the BJP MP further added in the same breadth, “Kal kisne dekha hai? (nobody knows what will happen tomorrow).”
“I do not know whether tomorrow I will be thrown out of the party or embraced by it…I have not thought about it,” said Mr Sinha, who has been sidelined by the BJP leadership.
Asked whether he was being ignored in the party for a long time, the actor turned BJP MP, said it was not true “but a few people scared of my popularity are working against me”, he added.
Though he described Mr Modi as a “dashing, dynamic action hero”, Mr Sinha was critical of the verbal sparring between Mr Modi and Mr Nitish Kumar on Saturday.
“It would have been better if trading of charges would have been avoided as everybody was waiting to hear about the PM’s vision for the development of Bihar,” he said.