Ranchi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha has ruffled a few feathers within the party yet again.
The BJP MP from Lok Sabha once again became the cause of embarrassment for his party with his remarks praising former prime minister Indira Gandhi.
Sinha, a Lok Sabha MP from Patna Sahib, stoked a controversy on Wednesday when he heaped praise on Indira Gandhi, saying he would have in the Congress if the ex-PM was alive.
“I joined BJP because of 2-4 people, but, if Indira Gandhi was alive, I would have joined the Congress,” Sinha asserted.
The BJP MP made the comments during a book launch in Jharkhand's Jamshedpur. The book 'Anything but 'Khamosh' is based on Sinha's life.
While speaking to the mediapersons ahead of the book release, the BJP leader said Indira Gandhi respected him a lot and he also admired her the most, as she was different from other politicians.
Sinha said the Gandhi's brand of politics was always high on moral values.
The BJP MP also heaped praise on ex-union minister Subodh Kant Sahay saying, the Congress leader taught him everything about politics.
Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who was invited for the book launch, stayed away from the event saying he was busy.
Time and again Sinha has embarrassed the party with his remarks.
Here are some of the instances:
The BJP MP had floated the name of Varun Gandhi as the party's face in Uttar Pradesh, where elections are scheduled for next year.
Sinha, had come out in support of JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested on charges of sedition for allegedly raising anti-national slogans.
He had dismissed BJP's charge of return of 'Jungle Raj' in Bihar over killing of engineers for extortion in the state and had said that performance of a government could not be judged in a short period of time.
Early this year, the BJP MP had asserted he can win elections even if he contests as an independent candidate and admitted he has been getting "feelers" from other parties for long.