New Delhi: Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha officially joined the Congress on Saturday, on what is the foundation day of the party he left, the BJP, reports NDTV.
While leaving the BJP, with which he was having problems in the past few years, Shotgun, as Sinha is popularly called, took pot shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah. “In the one-man show, two-man army, everything happens from Prime Minister’s Office… the ministers can’t work freely anyway,” he said. “We have seen how democracy turned into autocracy.”
Taking a jibe at the BJP over the snub to veteran leader L.K. Advani, Sinha said, “Advaniji was sent to the Mardarshak Mandal, which hasn’t held even a single meeting so far. They did the same to Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha… I was even told that I have been a critic and that I will not be given a cabinet post… but my image has been clean.”
He also attacked demonetization, saying it was “probably the world’s biggest scam. It was a mindless decision… Several people died… Modiji’s mother was in the queue and we were told it was normal.”
Sinha, 72, will contest as the Congress candidate from Bihar’s Patna Sahib, his constituency of 10 years.