New Delhi: A day after actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha announced that he is quitting the BJP to join the Congress party, ‘shotgun’ on Monday threw weight behind Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest the Lok Sabha elections from two seats- Wayanad in Kerala and Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge
He tweeted, “By the way Sir Ji! The Dear MADAM of your party and the outgoing Hon. Party President have objected/criticized vehemently “The Visionary Rahul Gandhi, The Face of today and tomorrow, fighting elections from two different constituencies saying that he’s scared and running way to get a safe seat… Sirji – haven’t I explained to you time and time again that what is right for Peter should be right for Paul. You need to explain it to Her – politely but firmly – that what she preaches must be also practiced by Her Supremo. Haven’t YOU been fighting from two seats yourself? Long Live Peter and Long Live Paul. God Bless. Jai Hind.” Also Read - Full lockdown Is The Only Way to Stop Corona Now, Govt Doesn't Get It: Rahul Gandhi
Sinha’s mention to ‘Dear Madam’ is an apparent jibe at Union minister Smriti Irani, who earlier mocked the idea of Congress president’s contesting from another seat in addition to Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Irani had earlier tweeted:
When reports emerged that Congress leaders from Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu were urging Rahul Gandhi to fight from a constituency in their state, Irani insinuated that since people of Amethi have rejected Gandhi, he was looking at filing his nomination from somewhere else.
Now, Shatrughan Sinha has come out batting for Rahul Gandhi asking the BJP leadership to look back and answer how can they question Gandhi’s decision when Prime Minister Narendra Modi also contested from Varanasi and Vadodara constituencies in 2014 General elections.
Sinha will be joining the Congress on April 6. His decision was finalised after a meeting with Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi last week.