Shatrughan Sinha congratulates Rahul Gandhi on becoming Congress president, says long live Indian National Congress

Patna: BJP member of Parliament Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday congratulated Rahul Gandhi on becoming the new Congress president and wished well for the future of India's oldest political party.

"Today is the day of rise of most natural and deserving Rahul Gandhi as president of the oldest and respected party of India. Let us all congratulate him in true national spirit. In the larger interest of democracy, I also wish 'Long live the Indian National Congress," the actor turned politician, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Patna Saheb seat in Bihar, said in a tweet.

His stand come amid digs by top BJP leaders at Rahul Gandhi on his becoming the Congress chief.

File photo of BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha. PTI

File photo of BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha. PTI

In the past, the yesteryear Bollywood actor has expressed views on several issues that are against the BJP's official line.

On Wednesday, taking on his own party, Sinha had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah as to who would take the blame if the BJP lost the Gujarat Assembly election.

"If we are victorious, we know you shall get full credit... But if we are not, then who will take the rap? There's an old saying – 'Taali kaptaan ko, to gaali bhi kaptaan ko (If the credit goes to the captain then so does the blame). Hope, wish and pray we get only taalis (claps) in Gujarat elections. Jai Hind!" Sinha tweeted.

Sinha, who has been increasingly critical of the BJP leadership, had referred to Modi and Shah as the "one-man show and two-man army".

He had asked them to return to Delhi from Gujarat, where the second and final phase of voting to elect a new Assembly took place on Thursday.

"Humble appeal to our one-man show and two-man army. Please return 'home' to Delhi if we've exhausted all our tricks, tantrums, wrong statements and tall promises."

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Updated Date: Dec 17, 2017 10:32:13 IST

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