The Indian Herald

The Indian Herald

January 27, 2009

Shatrughan Sinha may quit BJP, join SP

Former Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha has issued a veiled threat to the BJP that he may leave the party if he is denied ticket from the Patna Sahib constituency in the upcoming Parliament elections.

Talking to media persons, Sinha, said that he belonged to Patna and wanted to contest the upcoming elections from the seat. "My first choice is Patna, second choice is Patna and the final choice is also Patna", he said.

Sinha clearly said that he didn't intend to become a Rajya Sabha MP. "I don't want any backdoor entry, rather I want to fight the election and get elected". Recently Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh had accepted that he was in touch with Sinha.

On a question whether he could leave the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sinha said that any thing was possible and he may even take 'sanyas' (leave politics). The former Bollywood star has been associated with the BJP for a long time.

He, however, feels sidelined in the party. In the last Parliament elections, Sinha had expressed his dissatisfaction over his neglect. The Patna Saheb constituency has a sizeable population of Kayasthas, the community to which Sinha belongs.

But another BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad is also a frontrunner for the ticket from the same constituency. Post-delimitation of constituencies, parts of the old constituency have been merged with Danapur and the party leadership is still undecided over whether to field Sinha or contest Prasad from the seat.

TIH Bureau

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