BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha dared the party on Wednesday to act against him after its Bihar unit urged seniors to rein in the leader for anti-party activities following the poll drubbing in the state.
The actor-turned-politician also backed former home secretary and the BJP’s Ara MP, RK Singh, who had earlier spoken against the choice of BJP candidates for the elections and said the party gave tickets to people with criminal backgrounds.
“RK Singh, former Home Secy.& a proud Bihari Sher (a tough nut to crack) is right. No one has the guts (or DNA) to give us a ‘fatkaar’,” Sinha tweeted on Wednesday. “It’s just bravado of the ill advised to talk of action. The time is for reaction, understanding, apology & satisfaction of party godfathers,” he added.
Sinha, who has been severely critical of the party’s handling of the Bihar polls, was apparently reacting to the Bihar BJP unit’s verbal communication to the party’s top brass that unless action was initiated against him, it would be hard to maintain discipline in the organisation.
In recent weeks, the actor-turned-politician has criticised the BJP for keeping him out of the campaign in Bihar, his home state. The party targeted him for meeting chief minister Nitish Kumar, who led the Grand Alliance to victory in the polls.
The alliance led by Nitish Kumar bagged 178 seats in the 243-member Bihar assembly while the BJP-led NDA won 53 seats. This was the second major loss for the BJP following its defeat by the Aam Aadmi Party in the elections to the Delhi assembly earlier this year.
“Some vested interests are still at it…. Refusing to learn any lessons, still working on creating misunderstandings through misinformation,” Sinha added in his tweets on Wednesday. He, however, did not reveal any name.
Earlier this week, senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Yashwant Sinha, MM Joshi and Shanta Kumar had said in a statement after the humiliating defeat in Bihar that the party had been “emasculated” in the past year. They too had called on the BJP to fix responsibility for the electoral defeat.
Siding with the BJP veterans, Sinha said fixing responsibility was necessary for corrective actions within the party. “The camouflage of ‘collective responsibility’ is unacceptable. Responsibility must be fixed on individuals for corrective actions,” he tweeted.
“Those responsible for the debacle must answer, what, why, where & how it all happened. They must satisfy the real stalwarts/veterans of BJP,” he posted.
Following Sinha’s earlier criticism of the party, senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya had likened the sulking MP to a dog. “When a car moves, a dog runs after it too. The dog believes the car is moving because of me. This party is not dependable on one person, it’s a whole organisation and there’s a big hierarchy here,” he had said.