Claiming a strong “Modi wave” in Bihar, and the country as a whole, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, seeking re-election from native Patna Sahib, on Sunday said going by the current trend, it could be said that BJP will not only accomplish “mission 272” but might win 300 Lok Sabha seats on its own.
“I can see a strong Modi wave in Bihar and other parts of the country. Going by the current trend, we can undoubtedly say that our mission 272 will be accomplished easily. Rather BJP will go beyond that and touch 300 seats on its own,” an upbeat Mr. Sinha told PTI before setting out for campaign.
The 67-year-old leader, popularly known as “Bihari Babu”, compared the situation prevailing in the current parliamentary elections to one the nation saw in 1977 when Janata Party swept aside Congress from power.
Asked that today he was all praise for Narendra Modi whose candidature for prime minister he had opposed initially, Mr. Sinha said, “Once the BJP Parliamentary Board took a decision in this regard, as a disciplined soldier of the party I respected the decision.
“If you rewind your memory, I was the first to say Modi will make a good prime minister. Besides, it was me who for the first time called him as ‘NaMo’ at a function in Patna which is today on everybody’s lip,” he said.
Asked about removal of Jaswant Singh and suspension of his son Manvendra Singh from BJP, Mr. Sinha, in a tongue-in-cheek remark, said, “At the moment like Mahabhartha’s Arjuna who set his vision on eyes of a moving fish, I am focused on the current Lok Sabha elections.”