Veteran BJP leader Yashwant Sinha caused a fresh political storm on Thursday when he turned up at the book releasing function of Congress leader, Manish Tewari in Delhi. Also sharing the stage with him was Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Both Sinha and Kejriwal were seen sharing lighter moments there. Sinha said that if his party took any action against him for this, that would be the “best day” of his life.
“Am past caring. That will be the best of my life …because, for the simple reason that I don’t think I am doing anything which calls for action,” Sinha said when asked whether he was worried that the BJP could take action against him for sharing the dais with the two opposition leaders.
Sinha, who has recently written a scathing piece slamming the Narendra Modi government for the existing mess in the Indian economy, agreed with Kejriwal that an “atmosphere of fear” prevailed in the country and urged people to stand up against it.
Attending a function organised for release of Tewari’s book ‘Tidings of Troubled Times’, he also responded to the “Shalya” and “job applicant at 80” barbs apparently directed at him by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, respectively.
While countering these, he, however, did not name either Modi or Jaitley.
He said he had grown up in an atmosphere where a politician having relations with leaders from other parties was not akin to “feeling compromised”.
At another point, he said the BJP “is my party as much as it is of any of its members”. Sharing Kejriwal’s view that an “atmosphere of fear” prevailed in the country, Sinha observed, “fear and democracy cannot go together.”
Kejriwal said that social media was full of poison these days adding that Indians were peace loving. He said that adding poison in the minds of people will destroy the country.
BJP, while reacting to Sinah sharing stage with AAP and Congress leaders, said that Sinha is in search of a ‘new job’ that is why he is attending the grand old party’s event.
Speaking to ANI, BJP leader G. V. L. Narasimha Rao said “Yashwant Sinha is today in the company of the Congress party, which has given the most corrupt government ever. I’m shocked to see that Sinha is seeing great virtues in the Congress party because he is search of a ‘new job’. We can also see that Sinha is running after Rahul Gandhi someone who is himself unemployed politically as of today”.