Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday hinted that two rebel BJP leaders,, Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha could contest on Aam Aadmi Party tickets in the next year’s Lok Sabha polls.
Addressing a rally in Noida, Kejriwal urged Yashwant Sinha, who held the finance ministry in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, to reconsider his decision to retire from electoral politics and context 2019 polls.
“A few days ago, Yashwantji had said he will not contest elections. Sir, I want to ask you if good people like you will not contest, then who will? The public wants you to contest,” IANS quoted Kejriwal as saying.
Yashwant Sinha, whose son Jayant Sinha is a minister in the Centre’s Narendra Modi government, has been a strong critic of the prime minister lately. He had recently announced severing his ties with the BJP while adding that he was retiring from politics.
His criticism for Modi government’s policies notwithstanding, Sinha has not publicly denounced the politics of hate being propagated by the right-wing Hindutva groups. He had refused to categorically criticise his son when he came under fire for garlanding the convicted murderers of one Alimuddin Ansari in Jharkhand.
Speaking at Jan Adhikar rally, Kejriwal also confirmed that Shatrughan Sinha had agreed to contest the elections. Addressing the Bollywood actor-turned-politician, who was present at the stage, Kejriwal said, “Shatrughanji is contesting the election. He is not rejecting the idea.”
Kejriwal, however, did not specify the constituencies from where the two rebel BJP leaders will be fielded by his party. However, social media has been flooded with speculations. Author Krishan Pratap Singh wrote, “Media is sure @YashwantSinha will stand from New Delhi constituency, if he agrees to contest. What makes you so sure he won’t contest from Varanasi? Or maybe even both seats! #Justasking.”
“Just, btw, New Delhi constituency was won twice by Advani…but even before that twice represented by Vajpayee from 1977 to 1984. It’s the seat of seats for BJP. And most importantly the assembly segment is, of course, now AK’s seat,” Singh further asked.
The AAP had announced the names of the leaders in charge of five of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. They are being considered as potential candidates of the party. None of them include the sitting MLAs.