At Shatrughan Sinha’s book launch Advani takes a dig at un-elected leaders, ‘Many people don’t have courage to contest Lok Sabha seat’

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The event to launch the BJP MP, Shatrughan Sinha’s book Anything But Khamosh in Delhi on Wednesday became a rallying point for the saffron party dissidents to vent lout their frustration against the current leadership.

The event was attended by the BJP patriarch, LK Advani, senior leader Yashwant Sinha and Kirti Azad among others.

Commenting on the so called tyranny of the so-called tyranny of unelected, Advani took a dig at Jaitley by saying that some leaders simply didn’t have courage to contest Lok Sabha elections.

He said, “There are some people for whom it is not easy to be elected to the Lok Sabha — he is popular enough to be elected not just because of the party… Many people don’t have the courage to contest a Lok Sabha seat.”

Advani also apologised for not offering a third term in Rajya Sabha to the actor-turned-politician because of the BJP’s rule of not giving three Rajya Sabha terms to any of its leaders. However, the party had allowed Venkaiah Naidu and Ravi Shankar Prasad third term in the upper house of the parliament.

Advani said that it was a party decision not to give a Rajya Sabha nomination to Sinha for a third time. He chose the occasion to apologise to the Patna MP for denying him the Rajya Sabha term for the third term.

He said, “I felt that I must apologise. I was rather unfair in forcing him to go to the Lok Sabha.”

Yashwant Sinha too took a swipe at the BJP leadership.

He said, “Margdarshak Mandal is a select committee that never meets.”

Among those who were scheduled to attend the book launch event also included the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, but the AAP leader could not turn up for the book launch.

(Photo courtesy: Indian Express)

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