Shatrughan Sinha – Perks over Principles

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Sinha Saheb is not very happy with his own party these days. You may ask: "So? Of course he is mad and it's not exactly breaking news. Tell us something that we don't know already." Yes, I expected that reaction. The ongoing feud between the man who calls himself to be an ordinary 'soldier of the party' and the party that he belongs is getting ridiculous by the day.

Shatrughan Sinha of 'Khamosh' fame is pretty upset with his own party. There are many reasons for him to be in a permanent pouting pose – for one, Bihar Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not give him the due respect that he thinks he deserves and two, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his hand-picked 'Wazeer' Amit Shah think that Sinha ji is just another bleeding-heart actor whose only claim to seniority is that he is an old party leader with zero contribution to the party and its ideology.

RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav with BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha.RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav with BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha.The 'Kalicharan' of Bihar, a BJP MP from Patna Saheb for two consecutive terms and a Union Minister in the erstwhile Vajpayee government, has openly criticized his own party while blatantly hobnobbing with BJP's sworn enemies Lalu Prasad Yadav of the RJD and Nitish Kumar of the JD-U after Modi failed to accommodate him in his cabinet. All this while, he gets away with his 'playing with fire' attitude by maintaining that his political relationships are different from his personal relationships.

Apparently he considers Lalu and Nitish his personal friends despite purportedly being on the other side of the political spectrum. (Shatru meets Lalu)

Interestingly, neither the 'Jaani Dushman' quits the party and joins either the RJD or the JD-U nor the BJP dares to expel him from the party like it recently did with Kirti Azad, the former cricketer from Bihar for a crime much less egregious than the 'come-and-get-me' bravado of 'Chhenu' of 'Mere Apne'.

The general consensus is that Sinha Saheb doesn't want to quit the BJP because of his personal relationship with the patriarchs of the party like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Kishan Advani. The real reason, however, is believed to be that if he quits on his own volition, he would have to forfeit the perks and benefits of being an MP. He would rather retire after his term is complete and enjoy the fruits of being a politician for the rest of his life than quit on principles and lose all the rewards of being a former Parliamentarian.

Like every politician, Sinha chooses perks over principles. As an MP from Patna Saheb where he is considered a MIA, or Missing in Action, the man from Kadam Kuan might as well grind it out for three more years when his term comes to an end and walk away with all the benefits into the sunset at the young age of 73.

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