New Delhi: Shatrughan Sinha, the actor-turned-politician, is all set to drop bombshells with his biography "Anything But Khamosh", slated to be released on Wednesday.
The book will be launched in New Delhi in the presence of BJP veterans LK Advani and Yashwant Sinha as well as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Sinha's actor-daughter Sonakshi Sinha will also be present at the occasion.
Take a glimpse at some of the excerpts taken from his book:
- If there is one regret that I have in politics, it is that I was made to fight Rajesh Khanna from Delhi in 1991...For this, in his lifetime, I had apologised to Rajesh Khanna both directly and indirectly. Under no circumstances should I have started my active political career with a bye-election. But I couldn't say no to (LK) Advani ji, who was my guide, guru and ultimate leader.
- When I lost Delhi's bye-election, it was one of my rare moments of dejection. It was the one time I really cried. I also felt very let down because Advani ji had not come even for one day to campaign for me.
- Politics showed its ugly profile in many ways. After I lost that election, I was so sharply sidelined that I would be made to feel distinctly unwelcome at our party office on Ashoka Road. People would stop talking when I entered, or change the topic and make me uncomfortable.
- One day, a party official who is still with the BJP, came up and told me, 'Shatruji, please sit outside. We'll call you when we're ready to talk to you'. That went straight to my heart and hurt me so badly, that for years, I never visited the office.
- Not only Johnnies-come-lately but also some who had lost the (2014) Lok Sabha elections, perhaps humiliatingly, were rewarded with not one but two and three ministerial posts, marginalising those who'd won with a record margin. (The book takes no names but two prominent BJP leaders who got into the Narendra Modi Cabinet despite losing the Lok Sabha battle were Arun Jaitley and Smriti Irani)
- I didn't know my people (read Amit Shah) were so helpless that they had to wait for an election to take action. That too against a man who had won with a vote share percentage of more than 55 percent which even our prime minister and Kejriwal didn't reach.
- The party was hijacked by some people in Bihar who conveniently played deaf-mute. They were not ready to listen to me or to speak to me. That's how they created an impression which the opposition seized an opportunity and the 'Bihari versus Bahari' slogan was coined.
- I've always said, BJP is my first and perhaps my last party. Once a friend, always a friend. 'Ladte jhagadte hain' (we fight) but we remain family...A member's equation with the party is like the relationship between a husband and wife.
- From being called a party (BJP) with a difference, we began to be called a party with differences.