The actor-turned politician, Shatrughan Sinha, who has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth seems to have done it again in Nagpur when he openly praised the Congress youth icon Rahul Gandhi.
His open praise of Gandhi on the eve of Assembly elections has caused considerable embarrassment to the BJP which feels that his comments were unwarranted.
The senior BJP leader, who was in Nagpur for an election campaign for the BJP candidates, said that the Rahul has a bright future while he ridiculed his own party youth leader and fellow Lok Sabha member, Varun Gandhi by saying that “only handsome” would not work in the politics.
Talking to media persons in Nagpur on Sunday after meeting the RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat at Mahal, the former union minister also said that the Congress youth leader has a very good upbringing. “He has a leadership capability and has a bright future,” Sinha opined.
However, his comments on Rahul were not subscribed by his own party men in Nagpur. The state BJP president, Nitin Gadkari said that it was his (Sinha”s) personal opinion on an individual and nothing with the party.
Answering a question, Sinha said that the recent wrangling within the BJP would not affect the poll prospects in Maharashtra or elsewhere. “The BJP-Sena will come in a big way in the ensuing state elections in Maharashtra,” he asserted.
Earlier, addressing an election meeting of Sudhir Mungantiwar, the BJP nominee from Ballarpur Assembly constituency in Chandrapur district, Sinha came down heavily on the ruling Congress-NCP government in the state for its poor handling of issues, like farmers suicides in Vidarbha region. He said that the state was badly affected by farmers’ suicide, corruption and price hike and hence, the ruling coalition needs a break to introspect.