Party Platform Not Available, So Decided To Use Media: Yashwant Sinha

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| September 30 , 2017 , 09:19 IST

BJP veteran leader and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha's sharply worded critique of the economy, blaming Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the 'mess' the economy was in, launched several debates on the state of the economy in the country, as well as raising questions on why a BJP leader spoke out by means of an article against the ruling government.

Yashwant Sinha, defending the use of a public media platform instead of addressing his concerns with the party directly, claimed that the party platform 'was not available' which led him to use the media to share his views.

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"I had asked for some time to discuss issues related to Jammu & Kashmir with the home minister and almost six-eight weeks have passed and there has been no response," said Sinha, to a leading daily.

"What is the message which is being conveyed to me? That we have no need for your advice and we have no time for you. The party platform was not available, so I decided to use the media to air my views," he added.

"My article has launched a thousand debates. I want it to go forward. I want people of this country to discuss, debate and became aware of things. The process of correction has to start now, we cannot lose any further time," said Sinha.          

Sinha alleged that attempts were being to personalise his article and issues, rather than focusing on the economy.

"The entire purpose, after that article appeared and went viral, has been an attempt on the part of the government to shift the focus from the issues I have raised to personalities," Sinha said.

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"Jayant Sinha was fielded to write that article and defend the government on TV channels so that it becomes a fatherson duel," said Sinha, referring to his son, BJP leader and union minister Jayant Sinha, who defended the 'New Economy' in an article shortly after Yashwant Sinha's write-up.  

"Then, Arun Jaitley comes out and makes personal attacks and others in that function make personal attacks so that I am forced to respond. The whole picture that emerges is father-son, Arun Jaitley and me at a personal level and the basic issues that I have raised are sidelined. I will not permit it to happen," Sinha continued.

"I will continue to raise these issues of the economy," said Yashwant Sinha.