Even as the BJP mulls disciplinary action against Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha, the party veteran in Patna on Sunday was his usual cool and confident self.
“Why threaten me with a show cause at all? All that my friend and party chief needs to do is tell me to quit and I would gladly do so. My image is hardly dependent on my being a BJP member. There are a number of options that are far more rewarding, options with more responsibility that I would be glad to fulfill,” Sinha said.
“Nevertheless, doing so will hardly put an end to the discontent that Gadkariji’s handpicked team has inspired among certain party seniors whose contributions the BJP can ill-afford to ignore.”
Senior leaders such as Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha, B.C. Khanduri, C.P. Thakur, Uday Singh, Madan Lal Khurana have been left out, said Sinha. And to rub salt on their wounds, leaders such as Radha Mohan Singh and Nand Kishore Yadav, whose political stock Bihar’s people are well aware of, have been inducted, he added.
“I am not upset because of my non-inclusion in Nitin Gadkari’s team. What I am upset about is that leaders who could have played stellar roles in the impending elections in Bihar and elsewhere have been sidelined at the behest of self-seekers,” Sinha said.