Yashwant Sinha, a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleged that democracy was under threat under the present government. A former Union finance minister, Sinha has also criticised the government’s handling of the economy.
“I have had a long association with the BJP. Today I am severing my ties with the BJP,” Yashwant Sinha announced on Saturday at a meeting here attended by opposition leaders from the Congress and the RJD besides dissident BJP leader and Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha.
Yashwant Sinha, who has been at loggerheads with the party leadership for quite some time, alleged that democracy was under threat under the present government.
The government has now completed nearly four years in office, presented five budgets and used up all the opportunity available to it to show results.
The group also believed that the situation in Jammu is fast deteriorating into a communal divide, and needed to be looked at.
“It needs to be looked at seriously that why such attacks are happening on the bases of our security forces, their camps. This happens nowhere. There are several countries exposed to terror threats, but none of them feels as weak, as helpless as we seem to be today,” Yashwant Sinha said.
Sinha, who served as the finance minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet, said the policies of the present NDA government were not in line with what had been promised in the election manifesto
The actor-turned-politician Wednesday joined ‘Rashtra Manch’, a political platform launched by another disgruntled BJP leader Yashwant Sinha to take on the government’s policies
Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said the party strongly believes there is a certain amount of decorum in the way the national party conducts its affairs and “these two leaders have crossed all the limits”.
Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and party MP Shatrughan Sinha on Tuesday launched a political action group, National Forum or Rashtra Manch, which, they said, would present before people the major challenges confronting the nation.
Speaking to reporters, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said misuse of government machinery was creating fear.
“Everybody in the BJP is living in fear. We are not,” Yashwant Sinha said. Dialogue and debate in the country had become “coarse, one-sided and dangerous”, he added. “It seems mob has the job of giving justice,” he claimed
With 16 months or so left for general elections, the Manch hopes to raise the level of discussion of important national issues and provide a counterpoint to those offered by the government.
“Today’s BJP is not like the one in the days of Atalji and Advaniji. In those days, even a small-time worker could go to Delhi and meet party president Advani without an appointment, who has targeted the government on many occasions recently,” Sinha said.
Yashwant Sinha had been on a dharna at the police headquarters at Akola since Monday night pressing for seven demands for farmers in the state.