Associated with the BJP since the 1990s, Sinha fell out with the party’s leadership in the recent past, complaining it has become a “one-man show and two-man army”– a reference apparently to the Prime Minister and his trusted aide and party president Amit Shah.
Shatrughan Sinha hinted he would not be working under Narendra Modi anymore, tweeting an Urdu verse that implied the Prime Minister may not have dearth of admirers but the dissident BJP leader would not be one of them.
Sinha has on multiple occasions expressed his unhappiness with the Prime Minister and the BJP leadership and his Friday tweet made it clear he might soon quit the party he has been associated with nearly two decades now.
“Mohabbat karne wale kam na honge, teri mehfil mein lekin ham na honge (you may perhaps have no dearth of admirers, but I would not be among them),” the Patna Sahib MP tweeted.
Though he did not mention Prime Minister Modi in his tweets, the wordings made it clear who he was referring too. In his tweets, Sinha often refers to the Prime Minister as “sir”.
“Don’t you think it’s high time and the right time, before the government changes, that a new, better leadership takes over?” he tweeted, indirectly addressing Modi. “And you should come out with all your black, white and grey sides?”
Sinha has repeatedly criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and has made appearances at public functions organised by Opposition leaders, including at a rally organised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.