Sonakshi Sinha on Dad Shatrughan Sinha: He did not get ‘respect he deserved’ in BJP, he should have left saffron party long ago

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Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha has broken her silence on her father’s decision to quit the BJP to join the Congress, saying that the veteran actor felt suppressed in the saffron party. She said that her father wasn’t given the ‘respect they deserved.’

“It’s his (Shatrughan Sinha’s) choice. I think if you’re not happy somewhere you must bring a change and that’s what he did. I hope in this new association with the Congress, he’ll be able to do more good work&not feel suppressed,” Sonakshi Sinha was quoted by news agency ANI.

Sinha, who was a minister in the BJP-led government between 1999 and 2004, had fallen out of favour under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. His constant criticism for his own government’s policies meant that the party denied him a ticket from Patna Sahib parliamentary seat this time around and instead fielded Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Sonakshi said that her father should have left the BJP ‘long back.’ She said, “Being a party member from the beginning, from the time of JP Narayan ji, Atal( Bihari Vajpayee) ji and (LK)  Advani ji my father has a lot of respect within the party and I feel the entire group hasn’t been given the respect they deserve. I think he has done it a bit too late, should’ve done it long back.”

Sinha had recently met Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi to pave his way for officially joining the Congress. The Congress may field him as its candidate from Patna Sahib. The party has not yet announced anyone’s name from Patna Sahib.

After meeting Gandhi in Delhi, Sinha had tweeted, “Painfully….on the way out of BJP….But hopefully in the best direction under the dynamic leadership of my dear friend Lalu Yadav and the desirable, most talked about leader from the Nehru Gandhi family… the true family of nation builders…”

Bihar goes to poll in seven phases starting 11 April with votes being counted on 23 May.

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