NEW DELHI: A day after backing former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha’s views on the economy, actor-
turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “come forward and
face the people”.
“It’s high time and right time that the Prime Minister and head of this democracy comes forward and
faces the public and the press for answering questions, in a real press conference,” Shatrughan Sinha
said in a series of tweets.
He also wished that “PM will at least once in a while also show that he takes care of the middle class,
the traders, the small businesses…all across the country and specially in Gujarat in the wake of the
coming assembly elections”.
Shatrughan Sinha’s remarks came after Jaitley on Thursday described Yashwant Sinha as a “job applicant
at the age of 80”.
Speaking at a book launch here, Jaitley had accused the former Finance Minister of “acting in tandem”
with Congress l ..
Targeting the Finance Minister, the Patna Saheb MP said: “The observations of Yashwant Sinha on the
state of the economy are strongly endorsed by me as well as many other thinking leaders and people from
our party and outside…have been rapidly gaining strength and support over the last two days.”
“We are seeing an even greater support from a larger cross-section of leaders and workers in the coming
days to address this matter of grave national importance,” he added.
He also felt the matter should not be allowed to be diluted by turning it into a matter between the
government and Sinha.
“However, this matter shouldn’t be allowed to be diluted between Yashwant Sinha and Arun Jaitley, as is
being attempted… Otherwise, in Jagjit Singh’s words, ‘Baat niklegi to fir door talak jaayegi’,” he
The former Finance Minister kicked up a storm in his Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday through a
strongly-worded critique on the state of Indian economy under the current government, saying it was
headed for a “hard landing”.
Shatrughan Sinha, who was sidelined during the Bihar assembly elections, has backed the comments of
Yashwant Sinha as “revelatory”, and said it showed the mirror on the current Indian economic scenario.