Sought appointment with PM Modi 13 months ago, will now express views in public: Yashwant Sinha

"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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 11, 2018 11:31 am
Yashwant Sinha and PM Narendra Modi

Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha has claimed that he has failed to get an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and, therefore, he would rather express his views in public instead of making attempts to meet anyone in the government.  “I sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi 13 months ago to discuss various issues, but I haven’t got it so far. Since I haven’t got time, I have decided now I will not meet anyone in the government. Whatever I have to say, I will say openly in public,” Sinha is quoted as saying by PTI.

Sinha, who has had open disagreements with the government and the Bhatratiya Janata Party (BJP) in the past, again took a potshot at his party on Wednesday, saying “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,” he added.

“Now even senior and important leaders don’t get an appointment with the party president. So, I was not surprised when I did not get an appointment for 13 months,” the veteran BJP lader said.

According to PTI, he also criticised the party for not according due importance to senior leaders like L K Advani. Referring to a photograph of BJP president Amit Shah offering a laddoo to the prime minister, Sinha said, “In that photo, Rajnath Singh, Ananth Kumar, Sushma Swaraj and others are visible. But Advaniji is not seen even at the back. Now he has become an “aam” (ordinary) worker from “khaas” (important one).”

Sinha also alleged that the BJP, after coming to power, has warmed up to all such policies that it had opposed during the UPA rule. Referring to awards that the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh has received for its performance in agriculture, he said, “They are given on the basis of mere figures. I have played with them a lot in my life.”

Earlier, Sinha, in his opinion piece ‘I need to speak up now’ in The Indian Express, had attacked the government over its economic management. Stating that his views were shared by many people in the party who were “not speaking up out of fear,” Sinha had said that the economy is in a downward spiral and its revival is unlikely before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The saffron party and the senior BJP leader have been at loggerheads since then.

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  1. Manoj
    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:03 pm
    This government is openly challenging the cons ution, steadfastly progressing its agenda with religious divide, openly daring to modify the cons ution to allow control by government on lines of a religious hegemony towards theocracy, and the people of the country cannot see this coming. Challenging the cons ution openly is seditious to say the least, and doing so is openly disregarding the promise of oath this PM has taken in his acceptance speech. Attack after attack is being made to thwart the rights of freedom of speech and the promise to uphold the right to practice faith and worship freely. There is a covert movement launched by this administration to replace the cons ution with the historic code of "Manu". If the people still remain quiet, the destruction of this Republic is imminent. The top four SC judges have confirmed this openly in public, and this is the first time since independence that the Supreme Court has openly claimed that democracy is under threat.
    1. Bharat Irala
      Jan 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm
      This Moran keeps repeating the same thing again and again, when his master's like Advani and others have accepted their fate and keeping quite and maintaining their dignity, don't see the point why he keeps barking
      1. InformationTechnologyVision DWCLLC
        Jan 11, 2018 at 5:14 pm
        This BJP And RSS is really not like u qualified person leave it ti Hinduvata only want mandir without going for puja just playing old fox games now our janta came to know fox policies of BJP And RSS now BJP Govt remote controlled in the hands of RSS. We youth advised you Sinha's both to join Congress and make hands of Rahul jee strong please these parties doesnt respect secularism ... We youth of India want Secularism for the saftey of All Religions ... Jai Hind
        1. Madhukar Nikam
          Jan 11, 2018 at 5:01 pm
          Mr Sinha is now the governor of TN, Mr Sinha...Modi is great carrying forward great work. The news is fake, Modi is destroying the party.The praise or rubbishing depends upon what lolly pop is offered
          1. Mahesh patil
            Jan 11, 2018 at 5:57 pm
            तुम्हाला कोणता लाँलीपाँप मिळाला?
          2. DILIP
            Jan 11, 2018 at 4:58 pm
            The inconsequential dead wood, again is suffering from with drawl symptom and have started to loud mouth once again. Having had egg on his face with the manufactured economic charade, since all the economic parameters have started to indicate positive and the GDP growth rate has began to gather speed in 2018, which will be best year for job generation, income per capita, foreign and private investments, capex spending, consumption and demand has began to increase along with significant jump in exports and manufacturing, India's Goldilock economy is now in the sweet spot. That is why the frustrated gerriatric have started to chuck cheap and non issue muck to glorify and seek attention. Well there is time and place for everyone in the sun,once, now it is MODI'S Turn and his Halo is transforming India.
            1. InformationTechnologyVision DWCLLC
              Jan 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm
              u r blind bakht of modi only u c all these we havent seen such things?
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