Veteran politician and former cabinet minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, Yashwant Sinha, on Saturday announced he was taking political sanyas by resigning from his parent party, the BJP.
Speaking at an event in Patna, Sinha was quoted by ANI, “Today I am taking ‘sanyas’ from any kind of party politics, today I am ending all ties with the BJP.” The Patna event was attended by Leaders from the Congress, Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi, RJD’s Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, RLD leader Jayant Choudhary, Aam Aadmi Party’s Sanjay Singh and disgruntled JD(U) leader Uday Narayan Choudhary are expected to attend the programme, Samajwadi Party spokesman Ghanshyam Tiwari had informed Janta Ka Reporter.
Sinha has long been opposed to the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. It all started with his newspaper article last November, when he slammed the Modi government for causing economic chaos in the country.
Writing in the The Indian Express, Sinha, who held the finance portfolio in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, had said that he will be failing in his ‘national duty’ if he did not ‘speak up’ now against the ‘mess the finance minister has made of economy.’
This had prompted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to launch a counter attack against Sinha calling him a ‘job applicant at 80.’