Different people may have different views. I do not agree with (Modi's) view,'' Sinha said, adding, even L K Advani was impressed with Rahul after meeting him. "Rahul Gandhi is bright, composed and calm. The way he is working at the grassroots, I see a very bright future for him. He can be a role model,'' said Shotgun, as the cine star is called by his fans.
He then went on to praise one of Sangh parivar's all-time bugbears, India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, saying nobody could deny Nehru's contribution to the country. He then let it be known that he was speaking in his personal capacity.
Sinha had fewers flattering words for BJP which, he said, faces "a leadership crisis''. But it should not affect Maharashtra polls, he said, and added day-to-day needs and not internal matters of a political party matter for voters these days.
Sinha also said he felt sad for expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh. "He was one of our tallest leaders, a founder member of the party. There must be a valid reason for the decision to expel him without giving him an opportunity to defend himself,'' Sinha said.
Sinha, who served as Union minister for shipping in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, said he has `kad' (stature) but no `pad' (post) in the party. He agreed with Arun Shourie that RSS should take over the BJP to guide it. Having met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur recently, he said, "I think the turbulence in BJP is temporary. An `amrit manthan' is on.''