Akola, Dec 6: Dissident BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has said that he will not stop fighting for the farmers until their demands are met. The leader has been protesting in Maharashtra’s Akola. His protest is gaining momentum as reports of Varun Gandhi, Shatrughan Sinha and Arun Shourie joining the sit-in have emerged.
His demands are that government must give compensation at the rate of Rs 50,000 per hectare. His other demands include electricity to farmers, proper buying of crops by NAFED. Akola police had detained Yashwant Sinha. He again started his protest after police released him.
“I wish to tell the police, district administration and the state government that if we are formally arrested and released and they think that we will go home, then they are under wrong impression,” Sinha had said.
“You are seeing the mood of farmers now. We won’t be responsible for what happens,” the veteran leader said.
Shatrughan Sinha, Varun Gandhi and Arun Shourie have also not been in a good relationship with the current BJP leadership as all the three leaders have been making acrimonious comments against the party.
It must be noted that the state of Maharashtra has a BJP government at the helm and Yashwant Sinha recently had a bitter war of words between Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and him. He had also been critical of the economic policies of the Central government.
“I shall be failing in my national duty if I did not speak up even now against the mess the finance minister has made of the economy. I am also convinced that what I am going to say reflects the sentiments of a large number of people in the BJP and elsewhere who are not speaking up out of fear,” Yashwant Sinha wrote in a column.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley retorted, ““Probably, a more appropriate title for the book would have been ‘India @70, Modi @3.5 and a job applicant @ 80.”