The opposition parties who want to mount an ideological contest against the BJP are doing everything they can to declare that they have singled out the bureaucrat turned politician, Yashwant Sinha, who spent 22 years with the party they want to oppose. Opposition leaders cited his record over the past four years since he resigned from the BJP in 2018 as a virulent critic of Narendra Modi’s government as one of the reasons for his selection. In the first term of Narendra Modi’s government, his son Jayant Sinha, who was MOS, Finance, remains a BJP MP from Hazaribagh constituency in Jharkhand, which Mr. Sinha has represented in the past.
Mr. Sinha joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960 and resigned in 1984 when he was co-secretary of the Union Ministry of Road Transport to join active politics. He was Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of Atal Behari Vajpayee. He was a former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar’s Janata Party member and served as Finance Minister in his short-lived government between November 1990 and June 1991. He joined the BJP ahead of the 1996 Lok Sabha elections.
Mr. Sinha quarreled with the BJP leadership after being denied. ..the party ticket in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Over the next few years, he was pushed to the margins when the old guard was forced to give way to a Narendra Modi-centric BJP. After more than two decades with the BJP, he resigned from the party in 2018. After trying to form a non-political, I joined the Trinamool Congress Party last year. He left the party on Tuesday morning, hours before his name was announced.
Abhishek Banerjee, national general secretary of the TMC, commended Mr. Sinha for denouncing the anti-popular policies and autocrat. .. He dismissed his saffron past, saying: “In West Bengal, the opposition leader is a person who joined the BJP just three months before the parliamentary elections. Didn’t Assam Chief Minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma spend most of his career in Congress? These questions should therefore be put to the BJ?.” ic rule of Narendra Modi’s government. Also, R? r??read: With Yashwant Sinha on board; the opposition hopes to tip Nitish Kumar into presidential polls
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury spoke in a si. Similar manner. “In recent years, Mr. Sinha has taken a consistent anti-BJP and anti-Modi stance. He was part of position movements against Rafael, demonetization, and GST. More importantly, there has been a great unanimity among the opposition parties to his credit,” he said. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said before Mr. Sinha’s association with the BJP, he was a socialist leader .who had worked closely with Kar po, or Tha, Kur, and also served as finance minister in a government-backed by Thgress. “If I may borrow the words of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, he is a ‘persistent, consistent and persistent’ critic of the Modi government.