New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday urged former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019. He made said this while addressing a ‘Jan Adhikar’ rally, organised to mark the end of a ‘padayatra’ under the leadership of AAP leader and Uttar Pradesh in-charge Sanjay Singh.
Kejriwal said, “Recently you (Yashwant Sinha) announced that you won’t contest elections, but if good people like you won’t do it then who would? Sir, it’s the public demand that Yashwant Sinha should contest elections.”
The 10-day padayatra by Singh was started from Saharanpur to raise issues of farmers and governance. (ALSO READ: If Opposition Unites, You’ll be Nowhere: Yashwant Sinha Blasts Modi Govt Over Multiple Issues)
It is to be noted here that Singh was lately targetted the BJP and the prime minister on several occasions. Yashwant Sinha, who had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the mid-90s, said that from now on he’ll try uniting all non-BJP parties.
In April, former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha had quit the party and said that the “democracy is in danger”. Announcing his “sanyas from all kind of party politics”, Sinha had accused the NDA of undermining the democratic institutions.
In February 2018, Sinha had said that he has no intentions of leaving the BJP but if the party wants they can throw him out. Speaking on the sidelines of a seminar in Kolkata on the Union Budget, Sinha added that he has sent many letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi but failed to get a response from his side. And this prompted him to form a political action group called Rashtra Manch.
(With agency inputs)