UNA: Congress' candidate from Lucknow Lok Sabha seat constituency, Acharya Pramod Krishnam, on Friday said that party leader Shatrughan Sinha is taking politics 'lightly' and not following 'party dharma'. Krishnam made the remarks hours after Congress President Rahul Gandhi participated in a roadshow held in support of Shatrughan Sinha, who is also party's candidate from Patna Sahib.
"Rahul ji joined Shatrughan ji's roadshow as he was following `party dharma` but Shatrughan ji didn`t follow `party dharma`. He`s taking politics lightly. Politics is related to India`s future, there should be sensibility," said Krishnam.
Acharya Pramod Krishnam, Congress' Lucknow candidate: Rahul ji joined Shatrughan ji's roadshow as he was following 'Party dharm' but Shatrughan ji didn't follow 'Party dharm'. He's taking politics lightly. Politics is related to India's future, there should be sensibility. (17.5) pic.twitter.com/ajn5MKwOL4
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Advising Sinha to 'respect' the party, Krishnam added, "It is the large-heartedness of Rahul Gandhi that he gave respect to Shatrughan Sinha but Shatrughan Sinha should also give respect to the party."
It may be recalled that in April, Shatrughan Sinha had participated in roadshows held in Lucknow to drum up support for his wife and SP-BSP-RLD grand alliance candidate Poonam Sinha. Krishnam had expressed his displeasure over Sinha's move at that time too and had asked Sinha to campaign for him.
"Shatrughan Sinha has come here and fulfilled his duty as a husband, but I would like to tell him that he should now campaign for his party and fulfil his political dharma," Krishnam had said.
In Lucknow, Krishnam and Poonam Sinha are pitted against senior BJP leader and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. In 2014, Singh had won from Lucknow after defeating Congress' Rita Bahuguna Joshi by a margin of over 1 lakh votes. Polling in Lucknow took place in the fifth phase on May 6. The counting of votes is going to take place on May 23.