Yashwant Sinha Quits BJP, Says “Taking Sanyas From Party Politics”
“Today I am ending all ties with the BJP… I am taking sanyas (retirement) from any kind of party politics”, Yashwant Sinha announced during a meeting of his organization Rashtra Manch in Patna this afternoon. Leaders of the Congress, Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal were present at the meet; so was BJP lawmaker Shatrughan Sinha.
In 2014, after Prime Minister Modi’s whopping victory, Yashwant Sinha was marginalised along with senior leaders including LK Advani, seen as punishment for opposing Mr Modi being named their party’s presumptive prime minister. Mr Sinha’s son, Jayant Sinha, is a minister in PM Modi’s government.
Yashwant Sinha had held the Finance and External Affairs portfolios in Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet between 1998 and 2004.
In February, Mr Sinha had claimed that he would not leave the BJP but the party could throw him out if it so wanted because of his criticisms. He had also accused the Modi government of not fulfilling the promises it had made ahead of the 2014 general elections.
“Why shall I leave BJP? What this party means to me, (it) possibly does not mean to anyone (else). I have given my blood and sweat for this party. From 2004 to 2014, we were fighting against the then ruling party (Congress),” Mr Sinha had said.