Bhopal, Feb 6: Congress president Rahul Gandhi regularly criticising the Narendra Modi government is something expected and does not surprise anybody anymore. After all, that is the job of the Opposition in a democracy--to hold the ruling dispensation accountable to the nation.
However, what leaves everyone speechless is when a leader from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) (which is very rare) decides to attack Prime Minister Modi and his close aides.
One person who does that job very well is none other than BJP Member of Parliament (MP) Shatrughan Sinha, who has been regularly attacking the PM and the BJP government at the Centre for the last several months.
In his latest attack, the actor-turned-politician on Monday stated that in the current BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government the stature of Union ministers has diminished, and the perception is that the government is a "one-man show and the party a two-man army".
"Not only us. You and many others feel that a 'one-man show and a two-man army' is at work. We (the party and the government) should be taking collective decisions," he told a press conference when asked if the BJP has become a "two-man army", with PM Modi and party chief Amit Shah calling the shots.
Sinha arrived in Narsinghpur, Madhya Pradesh on Sunday evening to join a sit-in protest launched by fellow BJP leader Yashwant Sinha in support of demands of local farmers who would be displaced because of construction of a power plant. The four-day stir was called off late last night.
"The ministers' stature has diminished considerably. Many people might not even know 80 per cent of the (Union) ministers. Even if they know them, they might be finding these ministers worthless," Sinha said.
With Yashwant Sinha by his side, the actor-politician said, "Collective decision should prevail. Atal Bihari Vajpayee's was a great government, and we (ministers under Vajpayee) had our identity."
"If the public is feeling...that development has not taken place, there are only speeches and "jumle-baazi" (catchy slogans)....we have paid the price for this in the past," he said.
Even the Rajiv Gandhi government, which came to power in 1984 with a formidable majority, lost people's faith in no time, he said. "People's power eventually prevails over the money power," he added.
After the BJP lost all the three seats in the recent bypolls in Rajasthan, the veteran leader and former minister decided to once again attack his party. This time, Sinha used the "triple talaq" jibe to attack the BJP on Friday. He said Rajasthan had become the first state to give the BJP "triple talaq".
"Breaking news with record breaking disastrous results for ruling party--Rajasthan becomes first state to give BJP Triple Talaq. Ajmer: Talaq, Alwar: Talaq, Mandalgarh: Talaq. Our opponents winning the elections with record margins, giving our party a jolt," Sinha said in a tweet on Friday.
In another tweet, the BJP MP from Patna Sahib in Bihar warned the party over its defeat in Rajasthan. "Better late than never, otherwise the disastrous results could or would be soon reformed as Tata-Bye-Bye results. Wake up BJP. Jai Hind."