Yashwant accused BJP of “deliberately and systematically working to undermine the institutions of democracy”.
Shatrughan on the other hand made it clear he won’t resign from BJP membership on his own and dared the party to take action against him if it wants to.
PATNA: Former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha, who had been regularly attacking the Narendra Modi
government over the past couple of years has quit BJP, while fellow dissident Shatrughan Sinha dared
the party leadership to take action against him.
Yashwant, who held important portfolios of finance and external affairs in the previous NDA government,
accused BJP of undermining institutions of democracy as he announced his resignation on Saturday,
formally severing a relationship which had long soured because of his relentless jibes against the
“Four years back I had taken sanyas (retirement) from electoral politics. Today, I am taking sanyas from
all sorts of party politics. I am also announcing from this platform that today I am snapping all
ties with the BJP,” Yashwant said while addressing a meeting of the recently launched “Rashtra Manch”
(national forum) at the S K Memorial Hall.
The meeting was also addressed by functionaries of Congress, RJD, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Lok
Dal, Samajwadi Party and Aam Aadmi Party. Shatrughan Sinha, a member of the Lok Sabha from Patna Sahib,
and JD (U) rebel and former Bihar speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary were also present.
Citing reasons behind quitting BJP, Sinha accused the saffron party of “deliberately and systematically
working to undermine the institutions of democracy”.
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