01 October, 2020

Shotgun Ajatshatru

In Bihar's Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency, the BJP has fielded Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad against the Congress’ Shatrughan Sinha and wants to win the seat at any cost.

Shotgun Ajatshatru
outlookindia.com
2019-12-09T12:37:30+05:30

The NDA is locked in a direct contest with the Mahagathbandhan in alm­ost all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, but Patna Sahib constituency is where its prestige is most at stake. The BJP has fielded Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad against the Congress’s Shatrughan Sinha and wants to win the seat at any cost. It’s widely seen as a saffron stronghold and Shotgun has been among the Narendra Modi government’s most vocal critics. The other day in Patna, BJP national president Amit Shah led a roadshow that began from Kadam Kuan ­locality where Shotgun lives. The actor-­turned-politician had won this seat in the last two polls for the BJP.

The Shatru camp says it is not as though the BJP was always keen to field him from his native constituency. In 2008, when his second Rajya Sabha term came to an end, the BJP leadership declined him a third term and L.K. Advani advised him to contest the next Lok Sabha polls “from any seat of his choice’. When Shatru realised later that the party didn’t want to field him from Patna Sahib, he...

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