Shotgun spoilt for choices

July 09 2018

It is quite a while that people from various parties are beelining to Shatrughan Sinha, who is mighty peeved with the BJP. People in the know say that Lalu Prasad wants Shotgun, as he is known, to contest for the Lok Sabha from the Patna Sahib seat in Bihar on a ticket from his RJD, while Aam Admi Party is parleying for him to contest on an AAP ticket from the North East Delhi seat, from where the incumbent MP is BJP’s Manoj Tiwari. If Shotgun opts for Delhi, it is learnt that Tiwari might seek a safe exit to contest from Bihar’s Buxar seat. Even the party bosses would like see Tiwari get out of the triangular rift between the party’s Delhi state unit. One group belongs to Tiwari himself; the second has supporters of Vijay Goyal; and the third group owes allegiance to S&T minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. The BJP, in fact, is staring at another Kairana licking in Delhi in 2019, what with the AAP and Congress looking very close to an electoral understanding. It is learnt that Congress has already agreed to let AAP contest from three of the seven LS seats, of which one is North East Delhi.

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