Yashwant Sinha quits BJP, says will launch event to 'save democracy'

Saul Bowman
April 22, 2018

The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said he would not join any other political party. "Though he has quit today, in his mind he had left the party long back", said BJP spokesperson Anil Baluni on being asked about Sinha's exit.

Hours after he announced his resignation, actor-politician Shatrughan dared the ruling party to take action against him if it wants to, while making it clear he won't resign from its membership on his own.

Mr Sinha now declared that the democracy was "under risk" underneath the current administration and that he'd establish a sturdy move to "save democracy" from the country.

Sinha along with sulking BJP MP Satrughan Sinha, Congress leader Renuka Choudhary and Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh attended the meeting of Rashtra Manch. "Due to this, outside of the BJP, an atmosphere of fear is prevailing in the entire country", he had alleged.

Reacting to Sinha's decision, the BJP said it's not surprised as his comments and writings made it clear that he was no longer in the organisation and was acting at the Congress' behest. The Manch had invited several leaders from non-NDA parties.

80-year-old BJP veteran, Yashwant Sinha had held the Finance and External Affairs portfolios in Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet between 1998 and 2004.

Sinha also blamed the Modi government for the Parliament logjam. "Democratic institutions like Election Commission and investigating agencies have started functioning under the pressure of the government which is not right", he said. He said that when he was speaking out against demonetisation, he was not against the interest of country. His event will education people nationwide to save democracy. The two had praised her for trying to create an anti-BJP coalition minus the Congress ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "I will not have any ties with party politics". He also dismissed the claims made by Prime Minister Modi that it was the opposition which had disrupted Parliament.

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