How Yashwant Sinha plans to take on Modi govt after launching 'Rashtra Manch'

Several leaders including Shatrughan Sinha joined him at the launch event.

Senior BJP leader and former union finance minister Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday launched a new political platform to counter Modi goverment. The 80-year-old leader formed ‘Rashtra Manch’, a political action group to take on the policies of the BJP-led Central government.

Sinha, who has been a vocal critic of the government, was joined by Bollywood actor and disgruntled BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha. The launch event was attended by many leaders from across the political spectrum and included Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi, Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury, NCP MP Majeed Memon, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh, former Gujarat chief minister Suresh Mehta and JD(U) leader Pavan Varma.

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RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary and former Union ministers Som Pal and Harmohan Dhawan were the other attendees.

While drawing parallels between the present situation and the time when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated 70 years ago, Sinha said that ‘farmers are made to feel like beggars’ because of the incumbent government’s policies.

He also lashed out at the rising incidents of mob violence and said, “Everybody in the BJP is living in fear. We are not. Dialogue and debate in the country have become coarse, one-sided and dangerous. It seems mob has the job of giving justice,” he said, reports PTI.

A file photo of Yashwant Sinha | Source: Indian Express

He, however, maintained that this forum is not a formal political party and would restrict itself in being a national movement to highlight issues.

The forum was launched in Delhi on January 3o which is the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

Yashwant Sinha, who has held important ministries like the external affairs, as well as finance, has been extremely critical of the party in the recent times. In September last year, he wrote a scathing piece in the Indian Express in which he bashed the poor economic policy of the government. He also slammed Modi government’s highly ambitious policy reform demonetisation and questioned finance minister Arun Jaitley’s credentials.

Even though his article rattled the party and became a talking point in the media, many of its leaders chose to stay mum.