Patna: With actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha creating storm through his comments against Narendra Modi and describing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as "PM material", the latter on Monday praised the BJP leader for his uninhibited opinion.
"Sinha is known for expressing free-wheeling (uninhibited) opinion over current issues which is a healthy tradition," Kumar said praising the actor-turned BJP leader.
On the possibility of the BJP leaders`s joining JD(U), the chief minister said, "he (Sinha) has not given any signal that he is no more a part of BJP."
"He is in BJP so it will not be proper for me to answer your question of Sinha joining JD(U)," he added.
However, the senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister told their former ally that it should not harbour any "illusion" about Sinha switching to their side.
Sinha, who has been sulking after denial of role in new election team of Narendra Modi, embarrassed BJP recently by describing Nitish Kumar as "PM material."
The comment came as an embarrassment for the saffron party, which is gunning for Kumar`s head after the split in NDA.
Some party leaders were so angry that they demanded the party to crack whip on the Lok Sabha member from Patna Saheb.
Sinha had also met the Bihar CM. Though both of them described the meeting as a "social one", the timing of meeting and mutual admiration the two expressed for each other left BJP high and dry.
A few JD(U) leaders even invited Sinha to the ruling party.
Modi claimed that Sinha has been the indispensable part of the party.
"Sinha has been with BJP from the beginning when it was a party of two MPs...He has been part and parcel of the party in happy and sad moments," Modi told reporters separately.
Asked if BJP will mollify the sulking Sinha, he said "when was he unhappy with BJP that the party needs to mollify him."