5 Takeaways From Yashwant Sinha’s ‘Dear Friend, Speak Up’ Column
“If you remain silent now you will do a great disservice to the country,” Yashwant Sinha, writes to BJP MPs.
“If you remain silent now you will do a great disservice to the country,” Yashwant Sinha, writes to BJP MPs.(Photo: Erum Gour/The Quint)

5 Takeaways From Yashwant Sinha’s ‘Dear Friend, Speak Up’ Column

“Please pick up courage, and speak up and save democracy and the country,” wrote BJP leader and former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, addressing his party MPs, in a column in The Indian Express.

In his scathing criticism, Sinha touched upon the handling of various issues by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government, including the economy, foreign policy, women’s safety, and the party’s internal democracy, while calling upon the party MPs to “break their silence”.

“I am urging you to also express your opinion frankly before the bosses on all issues confronting us. If you remain silent now you will do a great disservice to the country.”

He wrote that while the unprecedented victory of the party in 2014 Lok Sabha elections had given him hope and belief that it was the “beginning of a glorious new chapter”, the party has now “lost” its way along with the “confidence of voters”.

On Indian Economy

Sinha, in his column, pointed out that the economy was in a bad state, despite assurances from the government. The former finance minister asserted that in a fast growing economy, youth are not without jobs, and farmers are not in distress.

The economic situation is grim, despite tall claims to the contrary by the government that we are the world’s fastest growing economy. A fast growing economy does not accumulate the kind of non-performing assets in its banks, as we have done over the last four years.
Yashwant Sinha in The Indian Express
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Pointing at the various banking sector scams that have tumbled out in the last few months, Sinha said that scamsters are running the country, while the “government watches helplessly”.

On Women’s Safety

Sinha wrote that rapes have become the “order of the day”, and now even patrolmen are involved in heinous crimes — but the government does not act.

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On Foreign Policy

He also attacked the Modi government’s foreign policy by stating that it has “failed miserably”. The BJP leader said that the policy was “devoid” of substance, with China “trampling” over Indian interests.

The sum total of our foreign policy seems to consist of frequent foreign visits by the prime minister and hugging foreign dignitaries, whether they like it or not.
Yashwant Sinha in The Indian Express
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On Threat to Democracy

The most important threat, Sinha pointed out, was the threat to the Indian democracy. He said that various institutions have been “demeaned” and “denigrated”.

Parliament has been reduced to the level of a joke. The prime minister did not even once sit down with senior leaders of the Opposition parties in Parliament when the just-concluded Budget Session was being disrupted in order to find a way out.
Yashwant Sinha in The Indian Express

Sinha, in his column, also said that the BJP’s internal democracy stands “completely” destroyed, and said the party headquarters has become a corporate office.

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On 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

Writing about the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, he said that it will be difficult for incumbent MPs to get tickets for the 2019 elections, and even if they do, he said, it will be “difficult” for them to emerge victorious.

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Sinha also made a special appeal to senior party leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, urging them to “take a stand” in national interest and ensure that “corrective steps” are implemented in time.

(With inputs from the Indian Express)

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