Raking up yet another controversy, former BJP leader and the newly inducted Congress party member Shatrughan Sinha said that among all other freedom fighters, the Congress party also belongs to Jinnah.
Addressing a rally he 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)
Attacking the Prime Minister in a series of tweet, Shatrughan commented on the massive crowd at Prime Minister Modi's Varanasi roadshow, calling it a display of 'dhanshakti' (money-power) and thereby casting aspersions on the people's reasons for being there:
After dumping his original party under whose government he has earlier been a union minister and from where his political career began, he had said: "When I came to the party I believed that this would be my first and last party. But, I realised with time things have changed. Things changed from 'lokshahi' (Democracy) to 'tanashahi' (dictatorship)."
After joining the party he had also stoked controversy when he accompanied his wife Poonam Sinha who joined the Samajwadi party to file his nomination papers in Lucknow and said that 'Mayawati and Akhilesh are PM material.'
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.