Going-ons in BJP bode ill for NDA: Shatrughan
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Last Updated: Friday, March 19, 2010, 21:53
New Delhi: Continuing with his sulk over being ignored in BJP's new team, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, today said goings-on this in the party "did not augur well" for NDA before crucial Bihar assembly elections later this year.

"I was invited for BJP karyakarta (workers) meeting at Patna yesterday at the eleventh hour. So, I did not attend it," Sinha, the BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Saheb who had flayed the new team of office bearers picked by party chief Nitin Gadkari, told PTI.

"I was in Patna on March 14-15 but nobody had the courtesy to tell me about the March 18 meeting which was planned much in advance. I got invitation for the meeting only at the eleventh hour on March 17 evening when I was in Mumbai," he said explaining his absence.

"I cannot compromise with my dignity," the BJP leader said and said some "bossy and vested interests" in NDA for this sorry state of affairs.

"And this is not an one-off case. I was not invited in important functions like Nalanda and Rajgir festivals, women’s day function at Gandhi maidan or silver jubilee celebration of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) despite being MP from Patna", a peeved Sinha said.

"I have been told by many that all this is being done deliberately on instructions of some top NDA leaders of Bihar who feel insecure by my popularity and acceptability among masses," the BJP leader said without naming anybody.

On Gadkari's team of office-bearers, Sinha, who had dubbed it as "new wine in old bottle", said many deserving leaders like Yashwant Sinha, B C Kanduri,C P Thakur or others like Uday Singh and himself, who won LS poll with a record margin, did not find a place.

He said his comments should not be construed as the "voice of a rebel" but were aimed for the good of the party.


First Published: Friday, March 19, 2010, 21:53

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