Shunned by the BJP for his rebellious tendencies, the actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha today officially joined the Congress party. In a list of candidates released by the Congress party today, Shatrughan Sinha is featured as the Congress candidate for Lok Sabha elections from the Patna Sahib constituency against Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2019
The BJP was putting up with Shatrughan Sinha’s defiance for a very long time. Shatrughan Sinha was often cited in political rallies organised by opposition parties, echoing anti-government remarks and hailing opposition leaders. Action against him was inevitable as Sinha continued to defy party guidelines.
Sinha was given the boot when the BJP announced Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s candidature from the Patna Sahib constituency. Sinha had declared that he will contest from Patna Sahib seat from a different party’s ticket. Before this, Sinha was also enraged with the BJP when his VIP facility at Patna airport was withdrawn.
Since then, speculations of him joining the Congress party were rife. Now that the Congress has declared Sinha’s candidature from the Patna Sahib constituency, the battle for Patna Sahib between Sinha and BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad will be one of the most interesting contests in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.