New Delhi: Senior leader and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha has on Saturday quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He made this announcement at an event in Patna, Bihar. he was attending an event- Rashtra Manch at Patna’s SKM Hall. He has said that democracy is under threat. The veteran leader has, on many occasions, criticised the BJP and the Narendra Modi government. At the event, he said, “I am quitting BJP.” He has also said that he won’t sit quietly when there is a crisis in the country. Sinha said, “Today I am taking ‘sanyas’ from any kind of party politics, today I am ending all ties with the BJP.”
Sinha, a former union minister had been critical of the government’s policies such as demonetization, the Goods, and Services Tax (GST) regime, claiming that they have landed a dual-blow on the country’s economy. It may be noted that the minister in an earlier interview has expressed his dissatisfaction with the economic policies of the government. He said today that he will fight to preserve the democracy of India. The dissenting leader had earlier said that he will hold an event with the opposition parties in Patna and make a “political announcement”.
What Yashwant Sinha said:
I am announcing here from this stage to end my long time relation with the Bharatiya Janata Party
Aaj se mera BJP ke saath rishta samapt ho gaya. Main apna sambandh viched kar raha hun BJP se. Main BJP se khud ko alag kar raha hun (From today my relation with BJP is over. I’m severing my ties with the party…)
I will not join any political party and will have nothing to do with party-politics.
I am not an aspirant for any top post and I am making it clear here that I am not at all interested to seek any post
“It will be a political announcement,” said the former Union minister. In the recent times, has been a staunch critic of the NDA government, but had not stopped until today. In Patna, he was launching a political platform – Rashtra Manch – in order to start a political movement against the NDA government’s policies. His colleague, Shatrughan Sinha had said that he had joined his platform to express his views.