Opposing his party’s decision to suspend Kirti Azad, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha said it was not giving a “good message” to people because the “perception” was that Azad was fighting against corruption. Sinha also urged the party to revoke it.
Sinha called Azad “a worthy son of a worthy father” and also supported the veterans, including L K Advani, who have questioned the leadership following the Bihar debacle.
“I found it very unfortunate that Azad, a worthy son of a worthy father, was suspended in this way. What has the general perception gone out? That he was talking about corruption. This is the perception,” he said in an interview to PTI.
“I feels sad that he was suspended and I appeal to those who matter in the party to revoke his suspension. It is certainly not giving good message, good image to the people,” he said.
The cine star-turned-politician added that he respects the decision taken by the party’s parliamentary board but asserted that feeling “sad or happy is not an anti-party activity”.
A reference to the soothsayer’s prediction about changing his party has been made in his biography, “Anything But Khamosh”, published by Om Books International.
The biography would be relased by Advani, whom he called his friend, philosopher, guide, guru and an ultimate leader.
He said its was “unfortunate” that he could not meet party chief Amit Shah during Bihar assembly elections despite trying so many times. “I felt sad for what was happening in Bihar. I was not being called, invited… He being the party president I just hoped and wished he would give me protection. He would call me and talk. It did not happen.”