New Delhi: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to drop its sitting MP from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha and replace him with Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, sources suggest.

Ravi Shankar Prasad’s name was discussed in the BJP’s central election committee in New Delhi, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party national president Amit Shah. The meeting was also attended by other senior leaders, Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi and party’s Bihar unit chief Nityanand Rai.

Reportedly, deliberations over dropping Sinha continued till late in the night and the name of Rajya Sabha MP RK Sinha was also thrown in between for the Patna Sahib seat.

Shatrughan Sinha has long been a vocal critic of BJP both online and offline, often infuriating senior leaders. On Thursday, Sinha launched a stinging attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it was high time that “a new, better leadership” took over.

The Patna Sahib MP, who is expected to announce his next political destination, predictably in the opposition ‘Mahagathbandhan’ next week, came out with a flurry of tweets flaying Modi for not having held a single press conference in his five-year-long tenure and urged him to “come out with all your black, white and grey shades”.

 

Having been with the BJP since the 1990s, Sinha had served as a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and is serving his second consecutive term as MP from Patna Sahib. Sinha, who is likely to be fielded by the Congress or the RJD, has indicated that the same would be announced by March 22.

 

With PTI inputs