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‘Honourable outgoing Sirji’: Ahead of joining Congress, Shatrughan Sinha’s parting shot at PM Modi

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 03 April 2019, 10:20 AM
Shatrughan Sinha was denied BJP ticket from Patna Sahib parliamentary constituency in Bihar. (File Photo: PTI)
Shatrughan Sinha was denied BJP ticket from Patna Sahib parliamentary constituency in Bihar. (File Photo: PTI)

Days before formally joining the Congress party, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha has took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by referring him as ‘Honble outgoing Sirji’. Sinha, who decided to quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was fielded by the party from Bihar’s Patna Sahib parliamentary seat, said PM Modi’s speeches ‘lack content and depth’ and have become ‘highly repetitive and irritating’.

In a series of stinging tweets, Sinha, who is seeking re-election from Patna Sahib on a Congress ticket, also accused PM Modi of ‘arrogance’ and ‘EVM misuse’ and advised him to ‘go for a real press conference’ and take questions from journalists "who cannot be bought and can question you in the larger interest of the nation".

"Honourable outgoing Sirji. Why are you wasting so much money on different channels and on the paid and choreographed crowd who chant your name at any given time - during, before and after your speeches on the signal of the conductors. Your speeches lack content and depth these days and have gone to the extent of becoming highly repetitive and irritating," the actor tweeted.

"Sirji, I still remain your well-wisher despite your EVM misuse and in spite of all your arrogance. My humble suggestion for you at this eleventh hour would be to become straight and go straight. Don't hire or go for paid channels. Instead go for a real and genuine Press Conference with people who cannot be bought, who can question you in the larger interest of the nation," he said in another tweet.

"Go for the press who are not sycophants and cannot be silenced by money and muscle power -- instead of going for a conducted tour, well-rehearsed, well-practised, choreographed slogan chanting and with people of press of the choice of the one man show and two man army," Sinha said in yet another tweet.

"Your addresses right from London were conducted and choreographed, where you abused doctors and had your own conducted questions put by your own paid anchor, well known till recently," he said in his final tweet of the day, referring to a question-answer session at Westminster compered by Bollywood lyricist Prasoon Joshi -- said to be a BJP supporter -- wherein Modi's comment about Indian doctors visiting abroad on tours sponsored by pharma companies had evoked strong condemnation from the medical fraternity back home.

First Published: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 09:02 AM
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