While Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha has dismissed the controversy surrounding him calling Pakistan's Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah a part of 'Congress family' by saying that it was a slip-of-tongue while he was 'in the flow', Republic TV has accessed a video where he is similarly praising Jinnah in another rally just a day before his remarks at Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh.
On April 26, while addressing a poll rally in the presence of Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, Sinha had said:
"This is a Congress family, it is a family of all from Mahatma Gandhi to Vallabhbhai Patel to Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Nehru to Late Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It is a party, they have played a significant role in the development of the country, in advancing the country, in country's freedom, and therefore I joined this party, and once I am here, I will not go back."
On April 27, in an exclusive interview to Republic Media Network, Sinha said that a 'mere slip-of-tongue has been made an issue'.
Sinha said: "Zara si bat ka afsana bana diya. Mai Maulana Abul Kalam Azad kehna chah raha tha. (You have created a ruckus of a small thing. I wanted to say Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. I was in a flow, and there was this slight slip of the tongue.)"
However, in a video accessed by Republic TV, Sinha, while addressing a gathering in Mumbai on April 25, repeated the same 'Jinnah is a part of Congress' lines.
Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah slammed the Congress saying that till the time Shatrughan Sinha was in BJP, he used to talk about nation, now he's saying something different.
"Shatrughan Sinha has joined Congress few days ago. Now he is saying that like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, Jinnah is also great. Jinnah who broke tha nation is being praised by the Congress, that's their character," Shah said.