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Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha Quits BJP, Says Democracy Is In Danger

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| April 21 , 2018 , 14:26 IST

Dissident BJP leader and the former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha who has been vocal about criticising the ruling party for their failures in the centre has decided to end all his ties with Bharatiya Janata Party and retire from the party politics.

In an event organised with opposition parties by the former BJP leader who served as the finance minister in Atal Vajpayee government in Patna on Saturday, Sinha announced, "Today I am taking ‘sanyas’ from any kind of party politics, today I am ending all ties with the BJP."

He further expressed his worry for the Democracy as the current government is not reliable anymore. Yashwant went ahead to claim that the Election Commission of India is not independent anymore and BJP was at fault for the stalling of the budget session.

Sinha claimed, "The government did not care that the Budget Session was being stalled. Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not call a single meeting with the Opposition to discuss their issues." He has called the meeting earlier for an important "political announcement".

The event organised under the banner of 'Rashtra Manch', which was recently launched by the former Finance Minister was attended by BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha along with the leaders of Congress, RJD, AAP, Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Lok Dal.

Yashwant's constant criticism for BJP has caused trouble in his relations with his son Jayant Sinha who is the minister of State for Civil Aviation in Narendra Modi's cabinet. The 80-year-old leader was external affairs minister under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee ( 2002-04) and finance minister in the same government from 1998-2002.