By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Shatrughan Sinha is again in the news for his secret rendezvous with Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar , sparking off rumours that he intends to leave the BJP to join Nitish Kumar’s JD(U).
The actor-politician-rhetorician has even been accused in the press of “cheating on the BJP”
Laughing heartily Shatrughan Sinha,never short of words,shoots back, “Cheating on the BJP? I am not married to the party. I am its loyal soldier.Zara si baat ka afsana bana dete hain log…If some of my party members are confused then let them be. Maybe it’s time for some serious soul-searching within my party.”
As for meeting Bihar’s CM, Shatruji concedes, “ Yes, I did meet Nitishji when I was in Patna last week. But I’ve been meeting him almost every time when I’ve been in Patna. There is an emotional bond between us independent of our political affiliations. We have to meet over a cup of tea. Yes, there was a radical departure from the protocol when we met this time. We had coffee instead of tea.”
Elaborating further on his policies of peaceful co-existence Shatruji says, “I believe in keeping politics and my social equations away from one another.I was inspired by the politics of Jaiprakash Narain. He always said the political opponent need not be one’s enemy. I never make personal enemies in politics. Even when there are political differences I’ve praised all my political opponents from Rajiv Gandhi to Madame Sonia Gandhi toMayawatiji to Nitishji….the fight is ideological not personal.”
Having cleared the air Shatruji has a question for some of those disgruntled elements who disapprove of his personal equation with Mr Nitish Kumar. “Why don’t they ask themselves about how they’re behaving with the Bihari Babu the most popular figure in Bihar with an absolutely clean image? If this is the way they’re treating me why do they’ve so many expectations from me? Is it is not like, ‘Hum toh doobe hain sanam tujhe bhi ledoobenge.’ If you’re going to insult humiliate ignore and snub me, I’ve my supporters voters and well-wishers.Aapko jo karna hai aap karo mujhe jo karna main karunga.”