In what could be an obvious hint that BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha is inching closer to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Bollywood veteran visited a Durga Puja pandal in Patna on Tuesday evening, with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, to offer his prayers. Things took an interesting turn when Shatrughan Sinha sported Tilak on Yadav's forehead and declared that he and Tejashwi Yadav are united.
“I have come here at Maa Durga’s place along with my family friend’s son Tejashwi Yadav, who is the future of Bihar,” Shotgun said while addressing the media.
When questioned if he is joining the Mahagathbandhan, he prompted that he has put Tilak on Tejashwi Yadav’s forehead and in a way did his coronation.
“Aapne dekha maine abhi inka rajyabhishek kar dia hai. Main aur Tejashwi Yadav ‘hum’ bankar samne aaye hai yaha par, ekta ka prateek bankar (I just did Tejashwi Yadav’s coronation in front of you. We have come here together as one united entity to bring peace),” added the Bollywood actor.
However, when he was asked from which constituency he is going to contest in the upcoming polls, Shatrughan Sinha diverted the question.
On this, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said, "Shatru ji is our well-wisher and a good friend of my father. I have come here with him now, but what will happen in future we will come to know later. He has always motivated us and given me his blessings".
BJP leader Sinha’s statement is providing ample hints that he is going to contest the next Lok Sabha elections on RJD or Congress Party ticket and his preferred seat would be Patna Sahib from where he is a current member of parliament.
Interestingly, on earlier occasions also, Shatrughan Sinha had met Lalu Prasad Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav. For the past couple of years, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha has been critical of PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah and this has not gone down well with the BJP party’s top brass. And to make things worse, Shotgun teamed up with Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie to embarrass the BJP party. Shotgun’s bonhomie with Lalu Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav is getting stronger. But the major problem for Sinha is that Patna Sahib constituency has always been contested by Congress party. In that case, will Sinha be ready to join the Congress? Sources tell us that Shatrughan Sinha has also been offered to contest from Delhi by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). However, it seems apparent that Sinha has made his choice clear, with regular public appearances with Tejashwi Yadav.