- Shatrughan Sinha joined Congress on Foundation Day of the BJP
- Mr Sinha said Lalu Yadav convinced him to join the Congress
- He is likely to contest as Congress candidate from Bihar's Patna Sahib
Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha today officially joined the Congress, on the Sansthapna Diwas or Foundation Day of his outgoing party, the BJP. As he bid a farewell to the BJP, with which he has shared an acrimonious relationship for years, the lawmaker took pot shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah.
"In the one-man show, two-man army, everything happens from Prime Minister's Office... the ministers can't work freely anyway," he said.
"We have seen how democracy turned into autocracy" he added.
Taking a jibe at the BJP over the snub to veteran leader LK Advani, Mr Sinha said, "Advani ji was sent to Mardarshak Mandal which hasn't held even a single meeting so far. They did the same to Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha... I was even told that I have been a critic and that I will not be given a cabinet post... but my image has been clean."
Calling demonetisation "probably the world's biggest scam", Mr Sinha said "It was a mindless decision... Several people died... Modi ji's mother was in the queue and we were told it was normal.
Shatrughan Sinha, 72, will contest as the Congress candidate from Bihar's Patna Sahib, his constituency of 10 years.
In an association that had been souring for years, the proverbial last straw was the BJP snubbing Shatrughan Sinha and naming a different candidate, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, for his Patna Sahib constituency.
Mr Sinha today said that Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav has been "instrumental in my decision" to join the Congress.
There were reports that Mr Sinha's big bang admission into the Congress was delayed by the party's tussle with the RJD over him.
Mr Sinha has been openly critical of the PM and Amit Shah and over the past year, his tweet-a-day barbs have been increasingly provocative for the party. In January, he even joined opposition leaders in a mega rally in Kolkata hosted by Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.