'Ending all ties with BJP': Yashwant Sinha quits party

Yashwant Sinha quits BJP, says will unite opposition parties I will not join any political party

Severing ties with the BJP, former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, who has been critical of the current party leadership, today announced that he is quitting party politics, and will now work for "saving democracy in the country". "I am not going to join any other political party, but have made a decision to launch a countrywide movement to preserve democracy which has been under threat since last several years", Mr Sinha said.

Sinha said that he will not have ties with any other political party. "I will now launch an agitation with friends to save democracy", he said to thunderous applause.

"Everybody in the BJP is living in fear".

The BJP said Sinha's conduct had been improper. The Manch had invited several leaders from non-NDA parties.

Sinha had also taken issue with the government over Chief Justice Dipak Misra. The event was organised by the Rashtra Manch, a political action group Yashwant Sinha launched in January, at the S K Memorial Hall in Patna.

Sinha claimed, "The government did not care that the Budget Session was being stalled".

"Democracy is in grave danger and the democratic institutions are being murdered".

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Interestingly, his son, Jayant Sinha, is Union MoS Civil Aviation in the Modi cabinet. "I can say with full responsibility that the Indian government did not let the House run".

"Investigating agencies are being used against people who think differently".

A bureaucrat-turned politician, Sinha had joined the BJP in the early 1990s after a split in the Janata Dal and became its national spokesperson in June 1996.

RLD leader Tejashwi Yadav came down heavily on both central and state governments. These opinions could not be of a BJP leader and he was working at the behest of the Congress.

Today's event was attended by a number of leaders of anti-BJP parties, including the Congress, the RJD, the TMC and the Samajwadi Party.

In that letter, Sinha urged the prime minister to speak and act more forcefully on vital issues, including recent horrific rapes that have reflected badly on the BJP.

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