New Delhi: A day after slamming the government over lack of dialogue in the country and saying Narendra Modi will meet the same fate as former prime minister Indira Gandhi, veteran BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday denied making the statements and claimed he has been misquoted.
“When some people referred to some cases of intolerance, I reminded them of the imposition of the emergency by Indira Gandhi and I said that people of this country taught her a lesson in 1977, because it is not in our spirit to be intolerant. It is not in our spirit to stifle dialogue, and therefore both democracy and dialogue are alive. That is what I said,” Sinha told news agency ANI.
A day earlier, however, he was heard in Goa making a series of belligerent remarks against the Modi government, which has marginalised Sinha and other BJP veterans, including LK Advani and MM Joshi.
“There is absolutely no scope of no dialogue… That is the great strength of Indian democracy. There will be aberrations here and there, there might be concerns about the present situation. But the great Indian society will take care of it and consign to dust those who do not believe in dialogue in India,” Sinha had said on Saturday.
Sinha made the remarks at the ‘Difficult Dialogues’ conference in Goa, where CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury also spoke. “The people of India will consign him to the dust, you just have to wait for the next elections,” Sinha, who was the finance minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, said without naming Modi.
Alluding to the general elections in 1977 when the Congress was ousted from power, he said such a neglect (of dialogue) will make the government last “19 months”, the same duration as the Emergency. “We all know how the people of India reacted to the Emergency which was the “most concerted democratic effort in our country to still the voice of dissent,” he said.
Meanwhile, BJP MP Ravindra Kushwaha on Sunday demanded the expulsion of Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha for allegedly making baseless statements against the government and the party after they were not given ministerial berths.
Taking a dig at Sinha, Kushwaha said he was “not satisfied” with his son Jayant Sinha being made the Union minister of state for finance.
The MP from Salempur in Uttar Pradesh also attacked actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha and said that he was giving “suicidal” statements since the Bihar polls, which the BJP lost.