Rebel Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Shatrughan Sinha is likely to contest on a Congress ticket this time in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Reportedly, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha may fight the upcoming polls from Bihar’s Patna Sahib constituency on a Congress ticket. Earlier reports had said that BJP was set to replace Sinha with Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is currently a Rajya Sabha member from Bihar. Shatrughan Sinha has been critical of the party leadership on several occasions in the past.
Sinha has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various occasions. He even slammed PM Modi for blaming Jawaharlal Nehru for the partition and previous Congress governments for various problems being faced by the country.
Sinha, who is also a member of the BJP national executive, has also maintained warm ties with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. Sinha had also visited Lalu numerous times in jail. He also attended Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s mega opposition rally held in January.
Earlier, it was reported that the actor turned politician will contest the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar as an independent candidate backed by Congress-RJD Mahagathbandhan.
Shatrughan Sinha, who is representing Patna Sahib since 2009, had a fallout with the party leadership after he was left out of the cabinet. He has since then publicly criticized the party leadership and Prime Minister.
Sinha became a minister in the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet with two portfolios i.e., Department of Health and Family Welfare and Department of shipping. In 2006, he was appointed as the head of the BJP Culture and Arts Department.
BJP and Janata Dal (United) had announced the alliance in the state. The BJP, who is also a partner in the government headed by Nitish Kumar, had given 17 seats to the Janata Dal (United) out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats.
The general election in Bihar is scheduled to be held from April 11 to May 19. Polling in Bihar will be conducted in seven phases.