BJP leader and MP Shatrughan Sinha on Tuesday defended his meetings with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, and said he has never ever crossed his party’s 'lakshman rekha'.
In an interview with NDTV , Sinha said, “Courtesies and friendships are not bound by party.”
"I'm not angry with anyone. I'm cool, calm, composed. Sometimes I try to show the mirror to people for their childishness. Beyond that you can never ever say that I've crossed the party line, never crossed the lakshman rekha," Sinha told NDTV.
"I'm mature enough and senior enough in this party to understand whether I should cross party line or not. And if I have to do cross party line, then when. Such circumstances have not arisen yet."
Sinha's recent meeting and praise for Kumar ahead of the state elections did not go down well with the BJP.
“Nitish Kumar is a dear friend and one of the best chief ministers,” he said.
Sinha said the Bihar elections were a litmus test for the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) led by Ram Vilas Paswan and NDA.
Sinha said he saw nothing wrong in his suggestion that the "able, capable, acceptable, respectable and secular" Paswan, who is currently a union minister, should be the consensus chief minister candidate from the BJP-led coalition.
He added that the BJP should have announced its chief minister candidate.
On PM Modi and DNA comment
When Sinha was asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment on Kumar's "political DNA", he said it was perhaps "avoidable".
In an election rally in Muzaffarpur in July, Modi referred to the JD-U's split with the BJP in 2013 and said that "there is something wrong in his (Nitish's) political DNA".
He said that sometimes slip of tongue happens in course of speaking extempore, adding, "It was not his (Modi's) intention to make such a remark."
Sinha said Modi is an "action hero" because he is representative of the wishes and aspirations of the people.
"People have loads of expectations from Narendra Modi. And he is doing vey well. His intentions are also very good. He is dynamic, progressive, development-oriented," he added.
Sinha also said his voters were upset when he wasn't made a union minister by the NDA.
(With PTI inputs)