New Delhi: Disgruntled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha made a blunder when he referred to senior party leader Shaktisinh Gohil as the ‘backbone’ of the saffron party.

While addressing the media after joining Congress, Sinha said, “Shaktisinh Gohil Ji, Bihar Congress in-charge has been the backbone of BJP in Bihar and in Gujarat.”

He soon realised his faux pas after he was prompted by Congress leaders. “I think you all are mature enough to understand it wasn’t deliberate,” Sinha said later.

Snubbed by the BJP, actor-turned-politician 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.”