Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha opened Pandora’s Box when he publicly hit out against his own party’s current regime and the economic policies it has undertaken recently. He intensified the matter after claiming that several of his fellow party members share the same opinion as him but are afraid to speak up their thoughts. Several leaders from opposition as well as from his own party have come up in his support while some have lambasted the former Finance Minister for his sharp criticism of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation.

Yashwant’s fellow party member Shatrughan Sinha has supported his take on the economic policies of the government saying that, “I am of the firm opinion that everything that has been written by Mr Sinha is entirely in the party’s and national interest. Only recently our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated that the nation is bigger than the party. National interest comes first.” Further maintaining his stand, Shatrughan said, “Yashwant Sinha has hit the nail right on the head.”

While speaking to media on Yashwant Sinha’s stand, Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress was of firm belief that the policies this government is making are wrong. He also added that either the implementation of these policies is executed or it’s executed in wrong way. While CPM’s Prakash Karat aimed a dig at the current BJP rule saying, “No jobs are being created and this is a major failure of this government. They are only working for the benefits of corporate.”

Earlier in the day, BJP’s Piyush Goyal championed his party’s policies and rebuffed the comments made by Yashwant Sinha. Virendra Mast from BJP Kisan Morcha shared the same opinion as Goyal saying, “Prominent RSS economist Dattopant Thengadi once said Yashwant Sinha is not ‘arth shastri’ (economist) but ‘anarth shastri’ (destroyer).”

It’s evident that the issue has escalated and is drawing support as well as criticism from several tall leaders across the country. Even after 9 months of its implementation, demonetisation still remains the biggest bone of contention for Bharatiya Janata Party. On behalf of the government, current Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will today respond to questions raised on the economy by Yashwant Sinha.

First Published | 28 September 2017 5:03 PM
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