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Yashwant Sinha quits BJP, says will launch event to 'save democracy'

Yashwant Sinha quits BJP, says will launch event to 'save democracy'

In what can be a major blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, senior leader Yashwant Sinha has quit BJP. Mr Sinha said, "I am quitting the BJP because of the party's condition. I am ending all ties with the BJP", Sinha said at a meeting of his outfit Rashtra Manch. "I'm not going to join any other political party".

Sinha was addressing an event conducted by his recently-launched political action group Rashtra Manch, or National Forum, in Patna.

Yashwant Sinha added: "Democracy is under threat and I won't sit tight when there is a crisis". 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.

"Why should I quit the BJP?"

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Sinha highlighted several issues with the current government at the Centre and the BJP leadership, including the current Parliament logjam and media censorship while justifying his decision to resign from the party.

Yashwant, 80, one of the old guard ignored by Modi, has been criticising the government on nearly all fronts, from the Union budget to the farmers' crisis, from Modi's silence on the Unnao and Kathua gang-rapes to the currency crisis earlier this week. "I say this with full responsibility that the Indian government did not let the house run", News18 quoted Sinha as saying. This is after his recent open letter to BJP MPs "Dear Friend, Speak Up".

Sources said he may formally join forces with opposition parties as they work to put up a united front against the BJP.


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