Shatrughan attacks Prime Minister over theft of Rafael files

BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha with Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders Rabri Devi ,Tejashwi Yadav and Misa Bharti after meeting them in Patna,Thursday,March 7,2019.

By Dheeraj Kumar

Patna: Disgruntled BJP MP from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday launched a blistering attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the theft of classified documents related to Rafael deal from defence ministry.

Sinha, who usually does not bypass any opportunity to attack PM Modi and BJP told newspersons in Patna after meeting former chief minister Rabri Devi, “It was shameful how classified documents related to Rafael deal had been stolen.

Without naming Prime Minister Modi, he said, “When credit goes to captain for any good team work, he should also be ready to face accusation if anything goes wrong”.

Sinha said government should also provide proof how many terrorists were killed in Balakot air strike as BJP president Amit Shah had himself started a debate on number of terrorists exterminated the attack.

Meanwhile, the meeting between Mr Sinha and Rabri Devi at her residence sparked another bout of speculations over his next move before Lok Sabha election.

Downplaying the political significance of his meeting, Sinha said at present he was very much in BJP as he had neither resigned from the party nor he had been expelled. It was true that BJP leadership kept him sidelined for the last several months from the party activities, he added.

Sinha, who was denied a ministerial berth in Narendra Modi cabinet said, “I enjoy a very cordial relation with RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members since long”, adding his visit was purely personal.

Nothing on politics was discussed with Rabri Devi during the meeting, he said despite repeated queries from media persons.

Sinha, however, said that he would definitely contest from Patna Sahib constituency in upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“Situation” could vary from time to time depending on political circumstances but the location would be definitely the same, he said.

BJP had meted out rough treatment to him as he had been kept away from party activities since long and was not invited to attend the NDA`s Sankalp rally organised in Patna on March 03, he pointed out.

“I would have made a difference in rally, had party invited me”, Sinha said adding that impact might have been less or more but the result would have been good for the party.

He advised media persons to wait for few more days when media persons asked him on which party ticket he would contest in upcoming Lok sabha election.

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