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Shatrughan Sinha joins opposition rally in Delhi, takes dig at PM

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Disgruntled BJP lawmaker joined a rally of opposition leaders here on Wednesday and took a jibe at Narendra Modi, asking would his "56-inch chest" reduce in size if he spoke on the issue.

On a day when the CAG report on the 2015 fighter jets deal was tabled in Parliament, said Modi should speak the truth on the agreement between and France, because as prime minister, he was accountable to the nation.

"Why cannot he reply to the nation, will his 56-inch chest squeeze to six-inch?," he asked.

The filmstar-turned-politician even egged on the crowd on the issue, as they chanted, "Chowkidar Chor Hai".

The and its chief have used this slogan to target Modi over the issue and Sinha's participation and comments at the opposition rally may lead to more bitterness between him and the ruling BJP.

The rally was hosted by the (AAP) at here, during which leaders of various opposition parties, including and his counterpart Mamata Banerjee tore into Modi and the BJP, saying the two should be "ousted" in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as they were a "threat" to democracy and constitutional values.

Sinha, the from Patna Sahib in Bihar, joined the rally mid-way and trained his guns at his own party's government at the Centre.

"I give my wholehearted support to this (rally). It is not about a friend, it is about saving the country. For me, the party is above me, but the country is above the party," he said.

There was a "huge gulf" between promises made and the performances of the ruling party, added.

"If farmers are suffering, institutions are facing a crisis and people are facing political vendetta...should we stay mum? I did not join for selfish reasons," he said.

Taking a dig at the prime minister, Sinha said in 2014, a "Modi wave" was projected as "not just a ray of hope, but a beam of light".

"They say there was a Modi wave in 2014. Then, why did lose (the polls) from But, he was rewarded with four ministries in the cabinet," he added.

Sinha also alleged that "sycophants are lined up and paeans being sung.

He also criticised the electrification scheme of the Centre, promises made to farmers and assurances of jobs to the youth.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 23:20 IST