With the mouthwatering contest of Patna Sahib on May 19 - the last phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 - inching ever closer, Republic TV spoke to former BJP leader who is now the Congress candidate from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha on how he sees the contest against Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Calling Prasad a 'family friend', Sinha said: "I respect him and I don't want to make any comment on our friend and family friend Ravi Shankar Prasad ji. He has all the right to campaign. But don't forget he is contesting for the first time. I have been here over all these years. Also, I have been campaigning all these years, whatever you think campaigning means, I have been meeting people I have been going to the villages. Being the national star campaigner of the Congress party, I have been touring the country."
However, he did not comment on Prasad's remark that 'Patna's voice will not remain Khamosh anymore' (Khamosh is an iconic dialogue of Sinha):
"I don't think he said anything as such. But if he said I won't say anything about it. I consider him a family friend. In Bengali, there's a term Bhadralok (gentleman), I consider him that, we can discuss on votes, on ideology, but I won't make any comments on him."
When asked what he thinks about the fight between the 'two gully boys of Patna', Sinha said with laughter:
"I think the kind of love people of Patna has shown, the way in which people have hailed my name, in Patna in Bihar and the way I have done my work, so by seeing the name and work, by seeing the man and his work, I don't find any reason why I won't get vote."
While Sinha is contesting on a Congress ticket from Patna Sahib against BJP's Prasad, his wife Poonam Sinha is pitted against Union Minister Rajnath Singh in Lucknow.
The Patna Sahib constituency, one of the 40 in Bihar, will be one of the most closely watched seats in the state as last year’s winner Sinha is contesting from Congress' ticket. In 2014, actor-turned-politician, Sinha had defeated Congress’s Kunal Singh by more than two lakh votes. Voting in the constituency will take place in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections and counting of all the seats will take place on May 23.