BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday made fun of ministers in the Modi government, calling them a "bunch of sycophants" 90 per cent of whom were hardly known to people. "It (the government) is a bunch of sycophants. Ninety per cent of ministers are those who you (people) don't know. They are here not to do something creative or constructive....they are just busy saving their jobs," he said addressing a book release function here.
In an apparent attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added the atmosphere in the country was such that people had to either support "a person" or risk being called "anti-national".
"The atmosphere nowadays is such that either you support a person or be ready to be called anti-national," the outspoken Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib quoted.
The actor-politician also targeted the dispensations running the government and the party organisation, calling them a "one-man army" and a "two-man show", a barb apparently aimed at Modi and Amit Shah.
Taking a swipe at Modi, Sinha said he would do his 'dil ki baat' at the event as "somebody else has patented 'mann ki baat'", a reference to the prime minister's monthly radio programme.
He proudly said he joined politics after being inspired by socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan. "Intellectuals are being killed and now even judges are being killed," he alleged, claiming that these issues were not getting adequate attention in the media as 'dhantantra' (money power) was getting the better of 'jantantra' (people's power) he said.
Sinha rubbished the claim by his detractors that he was upset over not being made a minister, saying he never had any such expectations.
He once again took a swipe at those criticising him for speaking on economic decisions of the government like demonetisation and the GST.
"If a lawyer can become finance minister, a TV actress can become HRD minister and a tea-seller..., then why cannot I speak on these issues," he said, apparently targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, who earlier held the HRD portfolio, and the prime minister.
Sinha, though often critical of the government's policies, was today unusually forthright in attacking it from the dais he shared with several top opposition leaders including CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury and rebel JD(U) MP Sharad Yadav.
Will BJP leadership keep quiet on Sinha charges as usual or will initiate action against him that may be known after only Gujarat polls says party insiders.