Patna: Former Union Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha, expressing his disappointment with the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Center, formally quit the party at a meeting of non-BJP leaders in Patna on Saturday.
"Today I am ending all ties with the BJP. I am taking 'sanyas' (retirement) from any kind of party politics", Sinha said in Patna in the presence of Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and a few other party leaders.
Shatrughan Sinha, another disgruntled party leader and a former Union Minister, was also present at the meeting.
"Today I am quitting the BJP because of the shape this party is in today. Our democracy is in trouble as one could see the recent Parliament session that turned out to be the shortest session in the Indian history. This was intentional on part of the Modi-Shah duo due to state elections in Gujarat," the former Finance Minister said adding he had no intention of joining any other party or had desire of holding any post in any government.
He further said that what was happening at the Center was quite dangerous and if people like him did not raise their voice against it, the future generation would never forgive them.
Sinha also lashed out at the Supreme Court saying a part of it had become rotten and one could smell the stench coming out of it. He criticized the Modi government on the way GST and demonetization was shoved down the people's throat that led to months of financial chaos and confusion.
As reported, Sinha had earlier formed a national forum, or Rashtra Manch, to mobilize forces opposed to the Modi government.
Both Yashwant and Shatrughan Sinha have accused the Modi-Shah duo of politically sidelining them because they were not initially on board with the idea of Modi being the Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and openly favored the candidacy of party patriarch and former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani.
Meanwhile, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha ruled our leaving BJP saying he did not join the party to quit.
"I joined the BJP for the long haul and not to quit but I completely support Yashwant Sinha's decision to leave the party in which we all are very disappointed," he said.
The former Health Minister did not stop there. He then went on to extol the talent of RJD leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejaswi Yadav saying he was extremely impressed by him and thought of him as the leader of tomorrow and the new India.
"Today I saw an amazing face of Tejaswi Yadav. After hearing him speak, I can say for sure that he is the future of Bihar," he said.
Those who were present on the occasion included Congress leader Renuka Choudhary, AAP leader Sanjay Singh, and rebel JD-U leader Uday Narayan Chowdhary, among many others.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS