Hours after Shatrughan Shah's controversial remark on Pakistan's 'Quaid-e-Azam' Muhammad Ali Jinnah being a part of 'Congress family', Former Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram had said that the clarification must be taken from Sinha and not the party.
In a press conference of the Congress party, Chidambaram said: "I don't have to explain statement of each and every member, I can only speak about party's official stand. I have not heard his statement. I have not read his statement. I don't know weather he spoke in Hindi or English. Shatrughan Sinha and his comment, whatever he says, he must explain, but he was a part of BJP until two-three days ago, so the BJP must explain why he was in the party?"
Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has abstained from drawing himself into any controversy following Shatrughan Sinha's remark regarding how among all other freedom fighters, the Congress party also belongs to Jinnah, despite being present at the rally where the statement was made.
Shatrughan Sinha was addressing a poll rally at Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, where he was accompanied by Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath. Despite sharing the same stage, Kamal Nath denied hearing the 'Congress belongs to Muhammad Ali Jinnah remark.
He said in Hindi: "I have not heard any such comment. if you are saying he must have said but I have not heard it. I must be talking to other people at that time."(Maine suna nahi agar unhone kaha hoga to mai kisi aur se bat kar raha hounga)
On Saturday, former BJP leader and the newly inducted Congress party member Shatrughan 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."
Further, he quoted a Hindi Shayari to defend his reason for leaving the BJP:
"Kuch toh majburiyan rahi hongi, yuhi koi bewafa nahi hota" (There must have been some obstruction, nobody betrays without a reason)
While Shatrughan is contesting on a Congress ticket from Patna Sahib against BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad, his wife Poonam Sinha is pitted against Union Minister Rajnath Singh in Lucknow.