New Delhi: Hours after joining the Congress, Shatrughan Sinha hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that the present government was a “one-man show and two men army” and claimed that the party had turned autocratic.

“I was in the party for 25 years. I saw that this (BJP) govt was a one-man show and two men army, it had turned autocratic,” the actor-turned-politician said.

Further, giving out reasons for joining the grand old party, Sinha said that the decision to leave the BJP was not taken overnight. He added, “Many who deserved were never assigned posts (under BJP govt). I had said I’d never leave BJP, if Party wants it can leave me. Party had threatened me many times but it couldn’t take an action maybe due to guilt or shame. So I took a decision (to join Congress).”

Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday joined the Congress. Sinha met Rahul Gandhi last week after the ruling party denied him ticket Lok Sabha poll ticket from Patna Sahib. “It’s with a heavy heart and immense pain that I finally bid adieu to my old party, for reasons best known to all of us, on 6th April, which also happens to be the Sansthapna Diwas of BJP,” Sinha tweeted.

He added, “I don’t hold any ill will for our people as they were like my family and I was groomed in this party with the guidance and blessings of the stalwarts like Bharat Ratna Nanaji Deshmukh, late and great PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and of course, our friend philosopher, ultimate leader, guru and guide LK Advani.”

Notably, Sinha will be contesting from Bihar’s Patna Saheb Lok Sabha seat.

The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will begin on April 11 and will be held in seven phases. The model code of conduct came into immediate effect from March 10 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23, 2019. Bihar will go to polls in phase six.