UP election: Is Shatrughan Sinha's dig at hardly working leaders an attack on 'hardworking' Modi?

BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha slams star campaigners with little local connect in his tweets even as Narendra Modi holds massive roadshows in Varanasi.

BJP leader and MP Shatrughan Sinha in a series of cryptic tweets took a jibe at "star campaigners who few recognise" and "jalebi-eating, time-pass people with little relevance or impact".

The tweets come at a time when the BJP and Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance are taking out massive roadshows ahead of the final phase of voting in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. For the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding roadshows in Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency.

Sinha also hit out at "hardly working leaders". The Prime Minister had said "hard work is more powerful than Harvard" at a rally in Maharajganj on March 1, taking a swipe at Harvard professor and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.

A vocal critic of Narendra Modi, Sinha had earlier expressed his disappointment over not being included in the party's list of star campaigners for the crucial UP election. "The biggest star campaigner of the country has been kept away from Uttar Pradesh", Sinha had said.

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SHATRUGHAN SINHA's INDIRECT ATTACK:

  1. Taking a swipe at "star campaigners", Shatrughan Sinha tweeted: "Star power, stars' power, solo marches, massive crowds, attendant security concerns, multi-starrers' marches with great fanfare... so called star campaigners who few recognise".
  2. The BJP leader did not name anyone but did not spare anyone either while attacking "jalebi-eating time-pass people with little relevance or impact" and differentiated between "hardworking cadres and hardly working leaders".
  3. "The manpower, money power and goon power--the competitive games, moves and stratagem employed in politics are both intriguing and at the same time blatantly obvious to all," Sinha tweeted.
  4. Sinha, however, hoped that "good sense will prevail", and that Uttar Pradesh would vote "best people" for "stability and a progressive government".
  5. A few days ago, Sinha had slammed author Chetan Bhagat for drawing comparisons between Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and BJP veteran LK Advani.
  6. Sinha then went on to blame the BJP brass for side-stepping Advani, and said, "Was he really removed because he did not work enough, or was he not allowed to work any further and eased out". "Today, he or even people like me are not seen anywhere in any campaign," Sinha said.
  7. An Advani loyalist, Sinha minced no words while attacking the Prime Minister over demonetisation. "Let us stop living in a fool's paradise and getting carried away by planted stories and surveys conducted by vested interests," Sinha said after Narendra Modi announced that 90 per cent people supported note ban in a survey.

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