The Telegraph
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sinha sees Gujarat 'panic'

First published on 30-Nov-2017

New Delhi: Sidelined BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday said his party could be betraying "panic and desperation" in Gujarat by "pumping in" an army of leaders to campaign in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party boss Amit Shah.

The Patna Sahib MP said the electoral strategy being adopted by the party in Gujarat generally did not work and cited the example of Delhi and Bihar where the BJP had lost despite high-pitched campaigns.

"By pumping in so many leaders at the same time in our own state Gujarat, like we did in Delhi, aren't we showing signs of panic & desperation in anticipation... generally speaking this kind of strategy doesn't work... we've seen it in Delhi & Bihar. Nonetheless our best wishes...!!" Sinha tweeted.

Like some other prominent BJP leaders, Sinha stands sidelined under the present dispensation and repeatedly takes to Twitter to slam his own party.

The leadership, too, chooses to ignore him by not reacting to his public barbs. Despite his crowd-pulling capacity as a star-turned-politician, Sinha is not being used in the Gujarat campaign.

The BJP has marshalled 20 central ministers and six chief ministers, besides many other leaders, in the campaign being led by Modi. The Prime Minister is scheduled to hold a record number of rallies and road shows. Sinha's swipe came on a day Modi addressed four rallies in Gujarat ahead of the December 9 and 14 polls.

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