Press Esc to close
Monday 24 July 2017
News updated at 8:04 PM IST

BJP requests media to 'ignore' Shatrughan Sinha

New Delhi, Aug 2, 2013 (PTI): 18:52 IST
MP Shatrughan Sinha
BJP today refused to confront its MP Shatrughan Sinha and even requested the media to "ignore" him in the wake of a series of embarrassing comments by the leader over the last week targeting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

In his latest remarks, Sinha today said in an interview to a news channel that if popularity was the yardstick for choosing a leader, then actor Amitabh Bachchan should become the President of India.

The above comment was a jibe at BJP President Rajnath Singh who has kept reiterating that Modi was the most popular leader in the country.

At a time when the party is said to be considering whether to name Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate, Sinha's comments have come as something of an embarrassment.

Sinha even said that senior leader LK Advani was the one best-suited for the PM's post.

Asked about Sinha's latest salvo, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Sinha was cautious in her reaction.

"Our party president is aware of these comments and he will take cognisance. I am not authorised to speak on the issue," she said.

When pressed for a reaction, she said, "Please ignore Sinha".

Sinha, a former Cabinet minister and the sitting MP from Patna Saheb, had earlier praised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as "PM material".

Kumar's JD(U) had recently walked out of NDA in protest against Modi's elevation as BJP's poll campaign chief.

Party sources said Sinha is apprehensive that BJP may not give him a Lok Sabha ticket in the forthcoming elections as he has not worked in his constituency and was not accessible to the locals.

There are murmurs that Sinha may shift to JD(U) were BJP to deny him a ticket and was thus preparing the ground for such a move through these comments.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) men rescuing a villager from a flood-hit area in Morbi...

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) men rescuing a villager from a flood-hit area in Morbi...

A Hoolock Gibbon in an enclosdure inside the Delhi zoo...

A Hoolock Gibbon in an enclosdure inside the Delhi zoo...

President Pranab Mukherjee gestures after his speech during his farewell ceremony...

President Pranab Mukherjee gestures after his speech during his farewell ceremony...

Members of All India Porters Union Kargil War stage a protest against the government...

Members of All India Porters Union Kargil War stage a protest against the government...

A view of Parliament after heavy rains in New Delhi on Sunday...

A view of Parliament after heavy rains in New Delhi on Sunday...

People wading through a water logged street after rains in Kolkata...

People wading through a water logged street after rains in Kolkata...

Villagers of Thiba gather to look at the broken barrage after it was broken on by heavy...

Villagers of Thiba gather to look at the broken barrage after it was broken on by heavy...

Kanwariyas carrying holy water of river Ganga from Gadmukteshwar to offer Lord Shiva...

Kanwariyas carrying holy water of river Ganga from Gadmukteshwar to offer Lord Shiva...

MiG-35 in action at MAKS 2017 airshow in Zhukovsky, Russia on Sunday. Russia is keen...

MiG-35 in action at MAKS 2017 airshow in Zhukovsky, Russia on Sunday. Russia is keen...

Bollywood actress Sunny Leon at an event in Mumbai ...

Bollywood actress Sunny Leon at an event in Mumbai ...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.