Sinha, who was a Cabinet minister under former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, joined the TMC on Saturday
wo days after he joined Trinamool Congress, former union minister Yashwant Sinha was on Monday appointed party vice president. He was also made a member of the TMC national working committee.
Yashwant Sinha, who was a Cabinet minister under former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, joined the TMC on Saturday. After joining the TMC, Sinha said the “tipping point” to force him to come back to active party politics was the “attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee” at Nandigram.
Mamata Banerjee was injured in an incident on March 10 while campaigning at Nandigram, from where she filed her nomination papers and is pitted against BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. Mamata Banerjee alleged that the incident was a “deep rooted conspiracy”. The Election Commission, in its preliminary report, ruled out any “attack” on Banerjee.
Addressing a press conference at TMC Bhawan on Saturday, Sinha said, “This government (BJP) can do anything to win the election. The attack on Mamata Ji made me decide that I want to work with her.” He also said that democracy was in peril in the country, and it was the need of the hour to ensure that TMC won the poll with a thumping majority.
Post-BJP Yashwant Sinha
Yashwant Sinha, a former BJP leader and Union finance minister, drifted away from the BJP after the formation of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. He has been critical of the policies of the Modi government.
Yashwant Sinha, now 83, quit the BJP in 2018. His son, Jayant Sinha, was a minister in the Modi government till 2019 Lok Sabha election.
At one point of time, Arun Jaitley called him “a job applicant at 80”, taunting Sinha for wanting to become Union finance minister in the Modi government. Sinha had been criticising the economic policies of the Modi government back then from every platform.
Yashwant Sinha Finds Anchor In TMC
Yashwant Sinha joined the TMC last week, saying he was forced to come out of retirement from party politics. He will be campaigning for the TMC in a bid to stop the BJP from winning the upcoming Bengal election.
“You must be surprised why at this age when I’d distanced myself from party politics. Why am I joining a party and turning active? I’d like to say the country is going through an extraordinary situation,” Yashwant Sinha had said on Saturday after joining the TMC.
Before joining the TMC, Yashwant Sinha had generated waves during the Bihar Assembly election 2020. He had formed a multi-outfit body and campaigned against the BJP-JDU’s NDA in Bihar polls.
After drifting for a few years in the ‘Indian Political Ocean’, Yashwant Sinha seems to have found finally anchor in the TMC of Mamata Banerjee, who is considered the most formidable challenger of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.