Comparing the present day situation to that of 70 years back when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha launched a new political action group ‘Rashtra Manch’ on Tuesday to start a movement against the policies of the central government.
BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha led a group of political leaders including Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi, Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury, NCP MP Majeed Memon, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh, former Gujarat chief minister Suresh Mehta and JD(U) leader Pavan Varma to join Sinha in the Rashtra Manch political platform.
The former finance minister Yashwant Sinha alleged that the democracy and its institutions were under attack, that the Narendra Modi government reduced farmers to “the status of beggars” and that presented “made to order” statistics to suit its interests.
The senior leader said that the ‘Rashtra Manch’ was a non-party political action group and that it was not against any party but would work to highlight national issues, describing it as “not an organisation but a national movement.”
“Everybody in the BJP is living in fear. We are not,”, Yashwant Sinha said, adding that dialogue and debate in the country had become “coarse, one-sided and dangerous” and that “It seemed the mob has the job of giving justice.”
Meanwhile, Shatrughan Sinha said he joined the ‘Rashtra Manch’ as he had not been given a forum in his party for expressing his views. He maintained that his decision to support the political movement should not be considered as an ‘anti-party activity’ but that it was in national interest.