Bollywood star, and BJP MP, Shatrughan Sinha has once again embarrassed his party with tweets expressing his unhappiness at the expulsion of 25 Congress MPs from Parliament and praising Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as a “much respected leader”.
“Feel unhappy about the developments in parliament… the expulsion of 25 learned MP friends, including one who was not even present,” Sinha tweeted. “Good sense must prevail … sooner the better,” he added, referring to the parliament logjam following the Congress insistence that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj must resign. The government has rejected the demand.
In an unprecedented action by LoK Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who suspended the Congress MPs for five days for “wilfully obstructing the business of the house” and not adhering to her repeated requests to observe the rules.
The actor-politician, in a separate tweet, said he was touched by Nitish’s compliment “in calling me the pride of Bihar”. “I am fond of him as a friend and a much respected leader of the masses. Also, this exchange need not cause concern, alarm or jealousy among our people,” Sinha said, apparently hinting at the growing unease in the BJP with his growing proximity to the Bihar CM. Sinha has met Nitish several times recently.
“After all, good behavior, shishtachar (courtesy), upbringing and family values will always matter in society. Political opponents are not enemies. We can differ in political views but there can be no personal enmity,” Sinha said.
Moreover this is not the first time that Shot Gun, as Shatrughan Sinha is widely, known has been caught in a political controversy. In July this year, after a meeting with Nitish Kumar, speculation was rife that the veteran actor may quit the BJP, given that he was reportedly unhappy over not getting a Ministry in the Modi government. Sinha, however, was quick to deny the claims.