Former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha quits BJP, says democracy in danger

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"Why shall I leave BJP?" He has also said that he won't sit quietly when there is a crisis in the country.

"I had distanced myself from electoral politics five years ago. I am ending all ties with the BJP", Sinha said at a meeting of his outfit Rashtra Manch. The politician blamed the party's condition to be the reason behind his withdrawal. I will not take membership of any other party.

Sinha said that democratic institutions are being undermined under the NDA regime and vowed to work for the protection of democracy in India. Yashwant Sinha made his announcement on the birthday of his son Jayant Sinha, who is a minister in PM Modi's government.

Yashwant Sinha had held the Finance and External Affairs portfolios in Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet between 1998 and 2004. "I am not an aspirant for any top post and I am making it clear here that I am not at all interested to seek any post", he added.

He also criticised the foreign policy adopted by the Modi government calling it a "sum total of frequent foreign visits by the prime minister and his hugging foreign dignitaries".

He had, in an opinion piece written in a daily, urged senior BJP stalwarts like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi to break their silence.

In an open letter addressed to BJP workers on 17 April published in The Indian Express, Sinha painted a grim picture of the country under the Modi rule.

BJP had, however, ignored Sinha's exhortations to the veterans and MPs.

TMC party office in New Delhi. He announced this at a function in Patna, organised by Rashtra Manch, an apolitical forum.

In February, Yashwant Sinha had claimed that he would not leave the BJP but the party could throw him out if it so wanted because of his criticisms.

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