New Delhi: A day after actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha made a blunder when he praised Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah for playing a crucial role in helping India gain independence and develop thereafter- the Congress leader reasoned that it was a ‘slip of the tongue’.

Speaking to the media, Shatrughan Sinha who recently quit the BJP and joined the Grand Old Party said, “Whatever I said yesterday was slip of tongue. I wanted to say Maulana Azad but uttered Muhammad Ali Jinnah.”

Addressing a public rally in Sausar, Madhya Pradesh, Sinha furthered his applause for Jinnah while adding, “Congress belongs to the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Jinnah, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi among others,” on Friday.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath today declined to comment on the development, saying that he has not heard Sinha’s speech.

Speaking to the media on Saturday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain slammed Sinha for the remark.

Sinha is contesting the general elections as a Congress candidate from the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat where he will face Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.


With IANS inputs