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No Clue on My Non-Inclusion in Union Cabinet: Shatrughan

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No Clue on My Non-Inclusion in Union Cabinet: Shatrughan
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Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha today said he has no clue as to why he has not been included in the Union Cabinet and asserted the party leadership should fix a role for him in the coming Bihar assembly polls befitting his stature.

"People ask me why I have not been included in Narendra Modi cabinet despite having seniority, experience and popularity, but I have no answer," Sinha told PTI.

"Perhaps they (prime minister and central leadership) can answer this," he said and hoped his non-inclusion was not because of some "ill feeling".

"For the past one year I have been introspecting... Hopefully four more years of the government is left and 'achche din' might come for me too," Sinha, who served as Union Health and later as Shipping minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government said.

Asked about his role in the crucial assembly election to be held later this year, Sinha popularly known as 'Bihari Babu' said "Its for the (BJP) central leadership to fix my role befitting my stature and experience."

"Today I have no command, no demand and no expectation," Sinha, who has been BJP's star campaigner for long, said.

He had absented himself from a public meeting of BJP President Amit Shah here in April saying he had no formal invitation to it. His name was also missing from BJP posters and banners put up on the occasion.

On the prospect of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad joining hands, Sinha said though he has no idea whether their merger or alliance would be formalised "but the coming together of two tried and tested leaders would pose tough challenge for us (BJP)."

Asked whether BJP should project someone as chief minister before Bihar Assembly poll and who should it be, Sinha, who served as Rajya Sabha member twice from the state before two consecutive Lok Sabha wins, said a face would definitely help the party.

"But, the face should be clean and have the capacity to take everybody together ... Such a face should be decided by the BJP Parliamentary Board after due consultation with central and state leadership and local legislators," he said.

Asked, he replied "I am not in the race for chief ministership."

Initially Union Parliamentary Affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu had taken the name of Sushil Kumar Modi but it elicited divergent comments from state party leaders, with many in disagreement.

BJP President Amit Shah has said the issue whether to project somebody as CM or not and who it should be, would be decided by the party's Parliamentary Board.

Sinha rubbished the common notion that he had been denied a ministrial berth in the Modi government due to his bad health and is not given much work in the party, particularly in Bihar.

"I am more fit than 95 per cent of leaders of my party and also opponents," the 67-year-old actor-politician, quipped.

"Question is being raised about my health because of my visit to hospital. But it is for routine check up which everybody does," Sinha added.

Considering the fact that political challenge was serious, BJP leaders should rise above 'choti-choti baatein' (petty issues)," he said.

Sinha, who has in the past alleged that some state party leaders were trying to keep him away from the scene due to his popularity and personality, did not elaborate or take any name.

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