Shatru trains gun at Modi over BJP's politics of ‘jugaad, arm-twisting’ in Karnataka
New Delhi, May 18: Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha never minces his words, especially when it comes to attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party--the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)--these days.
The disgruntled BJP MP on Thursday questioned the party's decision to form a government in Karnataka without required majority and said politics of "dhan-shakti (money power) over jan-shakti (people's mandate)" was neither acceptable nor desirable.
In a series of tweets, the Patna Sahib MP also favoured giving the post-poll alliance of Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) a chance in the southern state as the two have the majority number.
"Sir, why are we playing with fire? Votaries of democracy are making a mockery of the system. Those who do not forget to sermonise on the value of democracy are out to wreck the polity. This politics of jugaad (the Indian word for arrangement) and arm-twisting or for that matter dhanshakti over janshakti is neither acceptable nor desirable. Sir, there is a saying you cannot fool all the people all the time to win/gain anyhow by hook or crook and moreover the same is not advisable too," Sinha tweeted.
Sir, why are we playing with fire? Votaries of Democracy are now making mockery of System. Those who do not forget to sermonize on the value of Democracy are out to wreck the polity....1>2— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) May 17, 2018
"It may be termed as penny wise pound foolish politics. Hope, wish and pray that good sense, maturity and wisdom prevails. Now, the matter has gone to court and the court mercifully agreed for a mid-night drama which is great news to begin with. We hold judiciary in very high esteem. We shall wait and watch. In the present situation, one really wishes that justice prevails," he said.
It may be termed as penny wise pound foolish politics. Hope, wish & pray that good sense, maturity & wisdom prevails. Now the matter has gone to court & the court mercifully agreed for a mid night drama which is great news to begin with. We hold judiciary in very high esteem.3>4— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) May 17, 2018
"What is right for Peter should be right for Paul too. What is right for Meghalaya, Manipur and Goa should be right for Karnataka too. God save Karnataka and democracy. Jai Hind," Sinha signed off.
We shall wait and watch. In the present situation, one really wishes that ultimately justice prevails. What is right for Peter should be right for Paul too. What is right for Meghalaya, Manipur & Goa should be right for Karnataka too !! God save Karnataka & Democracy! Jai Hind !!— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) May 17, 2018
He was pointing to the BJP for having formed governments in the two northeastern states and the coastal state with the help of post-poll alliances though it had not emerged as the single-largest party in any of the legislative assemblies.
Sinha, the BJP Lok Sabha member of Parliament (MP) from Patna Sahib, has fallen out with the party leadership after being ignored in 2015 Bihar Assembly elections and since then has on several occasions made barrage of attacks on senior leaders of his own party.
Recently he was seen with Yashwant Sinha, who announced quitting BJP in disgust.
Sinha popularly called "Bihari Babu" met TMC chief Mamata Banerjee in Delhi. He has been seen in company of RJD president Lalu Prasad and his family very often.
There are also reports that the BJP might expel him from the party for his regular criticism against the top leadership. Recently, he stated that he was not going to leave the party.
The actor-politician added that he was ready to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from his own constituency. He, however, did not reveal whether he will contest the polls as a BJP candidate or not.