Actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha who used to be a bitter critic of Prime Minster Narendra Modi while his time in BJP, seems to have found a new respect for the Primer ever since joining the rival camp, Congress. While in BJP, Sinha would often go against the party line to criticise the Government and his own leaders including PM Modi, while praising the opponents. In Congress, he seems to be doing just the same.
tweets on Tuesday, Shatrughan Sinha, who is now in the Congress party, complimented PM Modi on his “rapport and chemistry” with US President Donald Trump at their meeting in France on Monday, on the sidelines of the G7 summit.
“While we all waited with bated breath, you handled talks at the bilateral meeting G7, in France, very well. Your rapport & chemistry with US President, was very apparent for all to see,” tweeted Mr Sinha.
Earlier, Mr Sinha had called PM Modi’s Independence Day speech “extremely courageous, well-researched and thought-provoking”. It was “superb delivery of the key problems facing the country,” he added.
The 73-year-old actor-politician, nicknamed “Shotgun” because of his brutal candour, joined the Congress in April after a bitter falling out with the BJP, his party of three decades. He rarely lost the chance to target PM Modi, even calling the BJP a one-man show, two-man army.
In the national election, which delivered a landslide victory for the BJP, Mr Sinha, as Congress candidate, lost his traditional Patna Sahib seat to his former BJP colleague Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Now, Mr Sinha seems to be at odds with the line of his new party, Congress, which attacked the Modi government over its economic policies around the same time Mr Sinha posted his tweets.