A twitter war broke out between senior BJP leaders Shatrughan Sinha and Sushil Kumar Modi over the party’s stance on RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the issue of corruption.
While the two leaders crossed swords on the micro-blogging site, Lalu's son Tejashwi Yadav didn’t miss a chance to jump in and became a part of the war of words on Twitter. He slammed Sushil Modi and backed Shatrughan’s views.
"If He calls you 'Shatru' then how come he is 'Sushil'. He has problems with elected representatives like you, @KirtiAzadMP & many more in BJP," Tejashwi Yadav wrote on Twitter.
"Exactly! An allegation is ONLY THAT & pure lie unless proved. He is master of telling lies in all colours. Probably a victim of color blindness," he wrote further.
“Enough of negative politics and mudslinging by opponents on our political leaders, be it Kejriwal, Laloo Yadav or Sushil Modi,” Sinha said in a twitter message drawing sharp reaction from senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi who sought removal of “gaddars” (traitors) from the house.
Actor-politician Sinha, who is a second term Lok Sabha member of BJP from Patna Saheb, has been sulking ever since he was ignored during 2015 Bihar assembly poll. His statements and freewheeling exchange of pleasantries with rivals, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD President Lalu Prasad, have on several occasions put the party in an embarrassing situation.
“Our BJP surely believes in honesty & transparency, which seldom go together, but must go together. An allegation is ONLY THAT unless proved!,” Sinha further wrote on his micro blogging site.
His assertions drew sharp criticism from senior party leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who has levelled series allegations against Lalu Prasad and his family of acquiring “benami” property worth Rs 1000 crore.
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“Jis Lalu ki Benami sampati ke bachao me Nitish Kumar nahi utre, uske bachao mein BJP ke ‘Shatru’ kuud pare (Lalu in whose defence against benami properties Nitish Kumar did not jump, BJP’s ‘Shatru’ has taken a plunge),” Sushil Modi said in a tweet message apparently targeting Sinha.
He also said “it’s not necessary that those who are popular should be relied on...’Gaddars’ (traitors) should be removed from the house at the earliest,” Sushil Modi said.
When his reaction was sought on Sushil Modi’s comment, Shatrughan Sinha popularly known as “Bihari Babu” told PTI over phone, “I do not want to make any comment. I am still fond of Sushil Modi. I have just spoken logically.”
However, sources close to him made stinging remarks on Sushil Modi particularly on his “traitor” comment.
Sinha’s comments gave opportunity to RJD and JD(U) to attack Sushil Modi. RJD spokesman and MLA Shakti Singh Yadav said that Sinha had the habit of speaking the truth.
“He has spoken his ‘Maan ki Baat’ with which many other BJP leaders agree but do not have courage to speak,” he said.
JD(U) Bihar chief spokesman Sanjay Singh also had kind words for Shatrughan Sinha.
“The man who launched BJP when it was merely a party of two MPs has been sidelined within the party. This reflects character of BJP,” Sanjay Singh said.
(With inputs from PTI)
Exactly!An allegation is ONLY THAT & pure lie unless proved.He is master of telling lies in all colours.Probably a victim of color blindness https://t.co/WtTyU67J20— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 22, 2017
Enough of negative politics & mudslinging by opponents on our political leaders, be it Kejriwal, Laloo Yadav or Sushil Modi..High time..1>2— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) May 22, 2017
..time to substantiate your claims..or pack up! Can't just keep feeding media with one night stories & sensationalising. Enough is enough!— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) May 22, 2017
ये ज़रूरी नही शख़्स जो मशहूर है उस पर ऐतबार किया जाये, जितनी जल्दी हो घर से गद्दारों को बाहर किया जाये।— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) May 22, 2017
जिस लालू की बेनामी संपत्ति के बचाव में नीतीश नहीं उतरे उसके बचाव में भाजपा के ' शत्रु' कूद पड़े ।— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) May 22, 2017