BJP's timing of Tiranga Yatra wasn’t right: Shatrughan
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Shatrughan
Sinha feels the timing of the party's failed campaign to hoist
the national flag in Srinagar was not appropriate and that the
advice given by key ally JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar to desist
from that was "valid".
The former Union minister also felt that the party
should reconsider the issue of continuance of Karnataka Chief
Minister BS Yeddyurappa who is facing charges of
In an interaction here, Sinha said the
BJP has been able corner the government on major issues of
corruption like those related to 2G spectrum allocation, CWG
and Adarsh Housing Society and nothing should be done to
"When you have a potent issue like JPC into the 2G
spectrum scam in hand...it was not politically good time (to
go for the Tiranga yatra)...it would have been better if it
had not happened now," said the actor-politician while giving
his "frank" views.
Asked whether he had given any advice to the party
leaders not to undertake the Ekta Yatra, he referred to the
"valid" suggestion given by Nitish Kumar in this regard.
He said the party should continue the fight for JPC
probe into corruption cases with greater zeal in a focussed
manner and contended that the next two months would be crucial
to determine which way things go.
Targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said his
"personal image" was saving him so far but his
"ineffectiveness" was getting exposed.
"The Prime Minister is politically trapped and there
seems to be no escape route," he said.
Criticising the Prime Minister's offer to appear before
Parliament's Public Accounts Committee in 2G case, Sinha felt
it was a clever tactic by Singh as he was aware the Committee did not have powers to call even an MP, leave alone
the Prime Minister.
Maintaining that the deficiencies in governance could be
exposed only by a JPC and not the PAC which only deals with
accounts, the BJP MP said Singh cannot choose the forum where
He said "February-March would be the deciding months" in
the Indian politics and "which side we are heading and who
will be leading us...anything can happen", he said.
Asked whether Nitish Kumar could emerge as the 'most
likely choice' of the opposition for the next prime
ministerial candidate, Sinha did not rule it out.