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Shatrughan Sinha to reveal poll plans after January 14, he tells Subhash K Jha

Shatrughan Sinha thinks his parent-party is practising the politics of vendetta on him. So is he joining hands with Laloo Yadav? He tells Subhash K Jha

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Subhash K Jha

Shatrughan Sinha thinks his parent-party is practising the politics of vendetta on him. So is he joining hands with Laloo Yadav? He tells Subhash K Jha.

Shatruji, what is this about the VIP treatment being withdrawn at airports for you?

It is nothing but the politics of vendetta being followed by the honourable Prime Minister’s dedicated soldiers who think he will be pleased with such malicious attempts to pull me down.

But why give such privileges in the first place?

I  wasn’t given the so-called  VIP treatment to make me feel important. It is for  health reasons that I am driven directly to the flight. Otherwise I am happy to  mingle with the junta. I’ve been  as close to them all my life as possible. I’d happy to travel economy class.

Then why the  VIP treatment?

Like I said it’s for health  reasons. After  my heart operation I was advised not  to exert myself. After  the  leg operation I’ve been forbidden  from walking  long stretches.

The reason being given for the withdrawal of the privilege is one of security?

The entire  airport authority escorts me  to the  aircraft, and suddenly I am a security threat? Is this some kind of a joke? As  I said this  is  merely vendetta politics.

Do you think it’s to do with your joining hands with Laloo Yadav?

Of course it is! They first withdrew the privilege, as you call it, from Lalooji and now me. And mind you other politicians like Ram Vilas Paswan have been given the VIP privilege at the airport. Why am I being singled out for this treatment?

You tell me?

Nowadays  you have to make  friends with the friends of those in power. Some of my colleagues from the film industry are very  good at doing that. I  can’t pretend  to like my political compatriots if I don’t like them. Nor can I pretend  not  to like those whom  I am close to.

So are you officially joining hands with Laloo Yadav?

I’ve been  advised  by my family to not  make any official announcement till 14 January. The  time is not right until then. But my closeness to and fondness for Lalooji and his family is no secret. As far as contesting the  2019 elections goes, my constituency will always be Bihar.Once a Bihari Babu always a Bihari Babu.

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