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‘Enough negative politics’: Shatrughan takes on critics targeting Lalu, Kejriwal

BJP leader wants critics of Delhi CM Arvind Kejrwal and RJD chief Lalu Prasad to substantiate allegations

india Updated: May 22, 2017 16:41 IST
Kumar Uttam
Kumar Uttam
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Shatrughan Sinha,Shotgun,Lalu Prasad
Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha has often taken a stand contrary to the party’s. (HT file photo)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and RJD boss Lalu Prasad, facing corruption allegation, have received a support from an unusual ally: BJP’s Shatrughan Sinha.

“Enough of negative politics & mudslinging by opponents on our political leaders, be it Kejriwal, Laloo Yadav (sic) or Sushil Modi,” Sinha tweeted on Monday.

The actor-turned-politician said the allegations must be substantiated.

“High time to substantiate your claims..or pack up! Can’t just keep feeding media with one night stories & sensationalising. Enough is enough!”

A Lok Sabha member from Bihar, Sinha said he holds all political leaders, especially Kejriwal, in high esteem for their “credibility, struggle & commitment” towards society.

“Our BJP surely believes in honesty & transparency, which seldom go together, but must go together. An allegation is ONLY THAT unless proved!” he wrote on the micro blogging site.

Kejriwal’s former colleague Kapil Mishra has accused him of giving undue benefits to a relative and taking Rs 2 crore in cash from another minister, Satyendra Jain.

Lalu Prasad’s family members have been accused of amassing wealth disproportionate to their known income.

In both cases, the Bharatiya Janata Party is one of the most prominent voices calling for action against the two leaders.

Sinha’s tweet triggered an outrage in the BJP. “Jis Lalu ki benami sampatti ke bachav mein Nitish nahi utare, uske bachav mein bhajpa ke shatru kood pade (BJP’s ‘shatru’ came to the defence of the benami properties of that Lalu who is not being defended by even Nitish),” Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi wrote on Twitter.

Sinha is known for airing views contrary to the party’s stand and has been sidelined by the BJP. He has praised Kejriwal and Lalu in the past as well.

First Published: May 22, 2017 09:30 IST