Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday vowed to take ‘cognisance’ of MP Shatrughan Sinha presence at the united opposition rally, organised by TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, against the Narendra Modi government in a run up to the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
Terming the actor-turned-politician an ‘opportunist’, BJP’s national spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said he was in the party to enjoy the perks of being an MP, but at the same time seen making different voices at various platforms.
He said, “Sinha has been speaking against the party at various platforms. And it is always important for the BJP to act against such people and the party will take cognisance of it.”
Rudy took a dig at the BJP MP and said, “Some people are ‘intelligent in different ways’. They abide by the party’s whip so that they don’t lose their membership. At the same time, they are so opportunistic… And can be present at any conclave. The BJP will take cognisance of it.”
Meanwhile, Shatrughan Sinha, who shared the stage with opposition leaders in Kolkata, said that he was not afraid of being removed from the ruling party.
“My elder brother Yashwant Sinha was saying that after this I will be definitely removed from the party, I told him ‘koi baat nahi hai’ (no problem),” he said at the rally attended by several opposition leaders, including from the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party and Rashtriya Janata Dal, among others.
Training guns at the Modi government on the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal, demonetisation and implementation of GST, the disgruntled BJP MP said, “If you keep suppressing facts, people will continue to say ‘chaukidar chor hain’.”
Two days ago, Sinha had said he did not receive ‘respect’ in the BJP and will attend the Kolkata rally, which was being projected as a show of strength by anti-BJP political parties.
Sinha has been at odds with his party over several issues and has criticised the demonetisation exercise and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax. He claimed to have been attending the rally as a representative of the Rashtra Manch, a political action group launched by former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.