Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Singh, who is an in-house critic of BJP, was ignored by the centre-ruling party in the National election. He has praised the Congress’ promise of a minimum income guarantee programme, which will offer up to Rs. 72000 a year to 20 percent to poorest families of India. Mr. Sinha has termed it as a “masterstroke” by ‘master of situation’ Rahul Gandhi.
He tweets, “It’s a masterstroke by the ‘master of situation’, @RahulGandhi – declaring #MinimumIncomeGuarantee scheme. It has rattled our people so much that some of our prominent people had to rush for a press conference, calling the whole declaration/ announcement “chhal kapat (sic).”
Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi has called the NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana) as the “final assault on poverty”.
Shatrughan Singh frequently criticizes Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which has grown progressively sharp, didn’t have kind words that the government has directed cash support scheme of Rs. 6000 per year for poor farmers of 12 crores.
However, BJP has slammed the scheme that was introduced by Congress. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has termed the scheme as ‘chhal-kapat and bluff’ adding that “Congress has historically believed in political transactions in the name of removing poverty.”
Mr. Sinha did not figure on BJP’s list of candidates from Patna Sahib in Bihar, the constituency that he represents. The centre-ruling party is fielding Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad instead of him. Hours after Mr. Sinha left out by the BJP, he said that he can also “answer back in the same coin”.
Mr. Sinha further alleged BJp of “orchestrating the departure” of leader LK Advani from electoral politics.
Shatrughan Singh represented BJP had won in 2014 Election, but had fallout with the leadership of the party after was left out of the Cabinet. He has since criticised the party leadership and PM Modi publicly. Despite his very public attacks, the centre-ruling party has stopped short of sacking him or taking any necessary steps.
He even attended West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led mega opposition rally in January 2019, in Kolkata. “Even if I’m part of the BJP, I speak for the people and the country first,” added Mr. Singh.