Shatrughan targets special status demand for Bihar

first_imgDisgruntled BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday rubbished the fresh demands for special status to Bihar — raised by the Janata Dal (United) and seconded by his own party besides allies such as Lok Janshakti Party — as “crocodile tears” shed ahead of the general election.In a series of scathing tweets, Mr. Sinha, who represents Patna Sahib in the Lok Sabha and has been critical of the BJP leadership for quite some time, alleged “performance has given way to only propaganda” in Bihar where the NDA has been in power for nearly a year.He cautioned NDA “friends” to start performing or else there are “Arjuns” willing to take over as Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav’s challenge was knocking on the doors.“With the general elections knocking at our doors, the Crocodile Tears are back…and the drama starts unfolding once again. The ‘ruling coalition’ in Bihar (NDA), is demanding special status for Bihar, yet again…that too from their own Central NDA Govt…and publicly.!” Mr. Sinha tweeted.The remarks came in the backdrop of a recent statement by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who heads the JD(U), wherein he had made a fresh pitch for grant of special category status to Bihar and indicated that the demand would be put before the 15th Finance Commission.His demand drew support from Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, a BJP leader, and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who heads the LJP.“Is it not just propaganda for votes? Stooping down to rock bottom level out of an insatiable greed and desire to stay in power! Sadly, Performance has given way to only Propaganda. Endeavour for Growth and Development has been replaced by Trifling, Truancy, Sluggishness and Lip-Service,” the actor-turned-politician said in another tweet.Contrasting viewsNDA leaders in Bihar were not immediately available for comment on the latest outbursts of Mr. Sinha. Their discomfiture with his contrarian views has, however, been evident on occasions like a function held here two months ago, where he shared the stage with Mr. Yadav and former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha.Mr. Modi had launched a veiled attack then on the Patna Sahib MP saying “BJP’s Shatrus (enemies)” should follow their mentor, referring to Mr. Yashwant Sinha’s announcement that he was severing ties with the BJP.last_img

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