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BJP fields Ravi Shankar Prasad from Patna Sahib, not Shatrughan Sinha

The parliamentary constituency is currently held by in-house critic Shatrughan Sinha.

Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.

BJP will field Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from Patna Sahib in Bihar, announced BJP state in-charge Bhupendra Yadav Saturday while releasing the NDA’s list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls. The parliamentary constituency is currently held by in-house critic Shatrughan Sinha.

In a statement to ANI, Prasad said: “Patna is my city, I was born there, studied there, became a lawyer. Even though I had been working on national level, I’ve an emotional connection with Patna. I’m grateful to the party, PM Modi, Amit Shah Ji and others.”

The minister also took to Twitter to thank people for congratulating him.

Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who is known for his sharp criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, did not figure on the BJP’s list of candidates in Bihar for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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In 2014, Sinha had won on a BJP ticket but subsequently had a fallout with the leadership after he was left out of the cabinet. Ever since then, he has been a vocal critic of the party’s policies and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.

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In fact on Holi, Sinha took a fresh swipe at PM Modi and said that the latter’s audio address to 25 lakh chowkidars across the nation “may not have gone down well with the people and the Chowkidars, whose conditions are not desirable”. The actor-turned-politician also questioned prime minister’s “sudden, unprepared and defiant mood” to address the Chowkidars.

A few days back, Sinha had 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.

“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 had tweeted.

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.