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Shatrughan Sinha bats for Jaswant Singh

Last Updated: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 23:49

Patna: Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan
Sinha on Sunday said the return of expelled leader Jaswant Singh
to the BJP would be in the larger interest of the party.

"Jaswant Singh has been a founding member of the BJP and
was associated with it significantly from day one of its
formation," the BJP MP from Patna Saheb said here.

He said his personal opinion is that "if Singh returns
to the BJP it will be in the larger interest of the party."

Asked if the expulsion of Jaswant Singh from the BJP
was justified, Sinha merely said "yeh bade logo ki baat hai
(this is an issue concerning bigwigs)".

"Moreover, I am not a member of the BJP Parliamentary
Board which took the decision," he added.

The `Bihari Babu`, as he is widely known, also endorsed
the views of party colleague Arun Shourie that the RSS should
take charge of the BJP which, he said, was presently facing a
"leadership crisis".

Sinha termed party leaders Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie
and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri -- who all
had called for fixing responsibility for party`s poor show in
the recent Lok Sabha elections -- as "assets for the BJP".

Shotgun showers encomiums on Rahul

Rahul Gandhi today received
praise from an unexpected quarter when BJP leader Shatrughan
Singh described the young Congress General Secretary as a
dynamic and promising leader.

"He (Rahul) is hard working and his work for the common
people at the grassroot level is appreciable...he has a bright
future," the actor-turned-politician said on his arrival
in Patna from Nagpur.

Sinha, however, clarified this was his personal view and
no politics should be read into it.

Earlier at Nagpur, the BJP MP showered lavish praise on
the Congress leader describing his as a dynamic figure.

"I think the path he (Rahul) has chosen and the kind of
work he has put in will one day bear fruit," he said.

"He is a promising leader also," Sinha, popularly known
as Shotgun, said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 23:49

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