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Bihar Election 2020: "Not Contesting Election To Avenge Father's LS Defeat,But To Fight For People" Says Luv Sinha
The parliamentary seat had twice elected Shatrughan in 2009 and 2014 but as a BJP member.
Bihar Election 2020: "Not Contesting Election To Avenge Father's LS Defeat, But To Fight For People," Says Luv Sinha
New Delhi: Facing the daunting task of taking on the three-time sitting MLA, Congress candidate from Bihar's Bankipur Luv Sinha on Sunday said that he has decided to fight an "uphill battle" on his political debut by challenging BJo in its bastion in order to prove his mettle.
The son of the Bollywood superstar and former Union minister Shatrughan Sinha, Luv Sinha also said that he is not contesting from the Bankipur assembly seat that falls in the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha segment to avenge his father's defeat from there in the 2019 general elections.
Also, he asserted that he was fighting for the welfare of the people of Patna.
Like his father an actor-turned-politician like his father, he told PTI in an interview that the BJP was a changed party post-2014 and alleged that there were no ant intra-party discussion now but only "orders" were given.
"Congress noted the work I had done even when my father was part of BJP. I have worked here with my father in 2009. I am sure the party noticed my work in the previous elections and that is why they considered me for this ticket," he said.
He further said, "as far as strong or weak (party) is concerned, I would like to say that my father started with the BJP when it had two seats in Parliament. It is only a matter of time, who is strong can become weak, and who is weak can become strong".
Acknowledging that he was contesting from the "BJP bastion" asked Mr. Sinha whether that should deter him from the fight." I believe fighting an uphill battle tests your mettle and proves to the world what you are really capable of. A win or loss is not in my hands anyway," he said.
"It is a BJP bastion, they have all the money power and organizational power in the world right now. Does that mean you don't contest? No, it means you contest and do your best. The public will decide and we will have to accept their decision," he said.
Dismissing the speculation that he too got a ticket due to his father,Mr Sinha said if it was about nepotism he would have chosen the Lok Sabha polls instead of the Assembly elections.
"That is my understanding that there is almost no discussion, only orders are given in the BJP now," Mr. Sinha alleged.
"My issues are never about individuals, they are about policies...the economy has crashed due to the decisions taken by the ruling party such as demonetization and GST...no one could understand how the GST was implemented," he alleged.
"The way our migrant workers were left and when you ask the government to provide data on the number of migrants who passed away, the answer you get is ''we do not have data'', that in my opinion is extremely saddening. That should not happen," he said.
"The party chose me. I had been working towards it without expectations. What I have learned watching him (Shatrughan) throughout his political career (is that) he has friends across party lines.
He believes it is a fight about issues, not a fight about an individual versus you. I personally agree with that," he said."First of all, people should realize what Mr (Shatrughan) Sinha was before he entered Bollywood. He was a Bihari man, who in his childhood could not get a cycle because his father could not afford it," he said.
"When people say my career is unsuccessful, I feel like telling them failure is when industry throws you out. Nobody from the industry has ever asked me to leave and whatever films I have got, I got without my father calling anyone and that is how our family functions. We don't believe in using whatever he has achieved to further our own agenda or careers," he asserted.
Bankipur is the part of the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency and is considered a BJP stronghold.