Shatrughan changes his "Shatru", but will the voters treat him friendly?
Will the ‘Shotgun’ fire the right shots at the BJP, or will the voters say Khaamosh!!?
Bihar’s political equation is changing every day. The news of BJP rebel Shatrughan Sinha joining the Congress is not unexpected but it surely makes the battle for Patna Sahib seat as interesting as a political thriller.
Painfully....on the way out of BJP....But hopefully in the best direction under the dynamic leadership of my dear friend Lalu Yadav and the desirable, most talked about leader from the Nehru Gandhi family... the true family of nation builders... pic.twitter.com/9HSNhf9F1c— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) March 28, 2019
According to the AICC in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil, Sinha will officially be joining the Congress on April 6. He also tweeted pictures of a meeting between Sinha and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Sinha has been representing the Patna Sahib seat for the BJP since 2009. He has expressed his displeasure with the top leadership of the party vociferously since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in 2014. His presence at the joint opposition rally in January this year, where he shared the stage with anti-BJP parties, was the last nail in the coffin. Addressing the mammoth rally, he had said: “If speaking truth is rebellion, then I am a rebel”.
Although the seat-sharing formula has been worked out for the Mahagathbandhan, who is getting what seat is still being chalked out. But, if reports are to be believed, RJD has agreed to give Patna Sahib to Congress, from where Sinha is likely to be fielded.
The Patna Sahib Constituency came into existence only in 2009 when Patna constituency was divided into Pataliputra and Patna Sahib. In the general elections since then (2009 and 2014), Sinha has won by a huge margin, getting more than 55 percent of votes.
The caste equation in Patna has largely worked for the BJP, with the party attracting large chunks of Kayastha votes along with other upper caste votes. This time, with the BJP fielding Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as its candidate, the battle has certainly become prestigious.
Going by strict arithmetic, the grand coalition is eyeing the complete consolidation of Yadav-Dalit-Muslim votes, and with Sinha drawing the upper caste votes in the constituency, Prasad is likely to face an uphill task in the BJP bastion.
At the same time, Prasad is also facing the heat of a divided house in Bihar’s BJP unit. Embarrassingly, Prasad was shown black flags at Patna Airport on Tuesday, reportedly by supporters of another BJP MP RK Sinha, who were not happy with Prasad’s candidature.
The luck of the candidates will be sealed on April 17. Will the ‘Shotgun’ fire the right shots at the BJP, or will the voters say Khaamosh!!?