Former finance minister and BJP veteran leader Yashwant Sinha has always known what to say and when to say. In the Modi era,when most BJP members—regardless of their seniority in the party—are scared to speak their minds, Sinha came across as a man with a spine to call his own the minute his signed opinion piece titled “I need to speak up now” appeared in a national daily, and went viral. The well argued and statistically supported opinion on the economy, shows the scenario as it is. And it is something that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP president Amit Shah, might like to turn a blind eye to. From September 27 when he wrote it, till date, the response to it from the BJP seniors has been...
Arun Jaitley: “I do not have the luxury as yet of being a former finance minister. Nor do I have the luxury of being a former finance minister who has turned a columnist, and therefore, I an conveniently forget a policy paralysis. I can convenientfly for the 12 per cent NPAs of 1998-2002 (when Sinha was the finance minister...).
Then, Jaitely remarked, “This book(which he was releasing) should have been called, indiai@70, Modi@3.5 and a job applicant@80."
In full sarcasm, Jaitely has taken a swipe at Sinha, and suggested that he was looking for a cabinet slot at 80, his age. Sinha was an IAS officer before winning popular elections, just as Jaitely has been a lawyer before getting nominated to the Rajya Sabha
Jaitely did not think it worth taking up, analysing, disproving or rejecting anything that Sinha has said. Possibly there was nothing he could deny.
Rajnath Singh: “The whole world knows that India is one of the fastest growing economies, we have overtaken China”.
To the home minister, the way they think the world is viewing India is what matters. While his idea of how the world is viewing India itself may be flawed, he did not think it worth referring to what is happening to the manufacturing sector, the exporters, the youth looking for jobs. The response is a joke in the context of the question, around Sinha's take on the economy.
Piyush Goyal: “The whole country and the world has seen that under the decisive leadership of Prime Minister Modi, India has become the world's fastest growing economy for three consecutive years in a row. For the first time in the Indian history, India is driving world growth at all levels”.
Ravi Shanker Prasad: “...the BJP made him finance minister, external affairs minister, Bihar unit president, leader of the Opposition in Bihar.. When he lost the 2004 Lok Sabha polls, we sent him to the Rajya Sabha and appointed him the BJP's national vice president. Despite this, he is now using such language for the BJP”
BJP prided itself on being a party with a difference. Now it has become a party as full of sycophants as the Congress under Indira Gandhi was.
After giving time and space to sycophants, Prime Minister Modi, in all fairness, did not deny that growth had slid, but oozed confidence saying the government was “committed and capable of reversing the setback”.
Like Jaitely, he too took a swipe at Sinha.”There are some people who sleep well only after they spread a feeling of pessimism. We need to recognise such people”.
Wonder if Sinha has been sleepless all these years!