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.
“The chief minister spoke to me at 11 am today. We had a good discussion. I apprised him about the farmers demands. He gave an assurance to accept the demands,” Yashwant Sinha said.
“I am determined to stay till all the demands are met. The excuse about NAFED purchase is not valid as BJP-ruled states like MP and Gujarat have been procuring produce through their own procurement systems. Why can’t the Maharashtra government do it?” Yashwant Sinha said.
Rebek BJP MP Nana Patole said leaders like Arun Shourie, Shatrughna Sinha and Varun Gandhi may also join the agitation.
“Before coming to power, the BJP had promised to give 50 per cent over and above the minimum support price (MSP). But after coming to power, the party forgot the promise,” Yashwant Sinha said.
BJP leader Yashwant Sinha launched a campaign for farmers’ justice from Akola and said demonetisation was responsible for the collapse of prices of farm produce
The incident occurred on November 22. Police said the MP wasn’t in the car but his driver was inside.
Moody’s, after 13 years, upgraded India’s sovereign rating from Baa3 to Baa2 on Friday.
Criticising Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over imposing a “deeply flawed” Goods and Service Tax (GST), Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday said countrymen can rightly demand he quit for hardships caused and also felt he is a “burden” on people of Gujarat.
‘A message is going across the world that India is a nation of thieves; we all are involved in illegal activities; there is nobody honest here,’ former finance minister Yashwant Sinha said
Yashwant Sinha blamed Arun Jaitley for being “directly responsible” for all the “anomalies” in the GST.
Yashwant Sinha also targeted Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for allowing quota in outsourcing only recently, although the provision to do so had been in place since 1993.
“The Finance Minister did not apply his mind while rolling out the Goods and Services Tax and that’s why he is tinkering with GST everyday…,” Sinha said.