New Delhi: Launching a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on Saturday said that people are smart enough to see through the lies of people occupying the top office in the country. “Politicians think the public does not know anything and they can lie and get away with it. If a small man tells a lie, we may believe he is ignorant. But when someone sitting at the top position in the country speaks lies, he is not ignorant but is doing this with a purpose,” Sinha said at the “Jan Adhikar Rally”, organised to mark the end of a “padyatra” conducted under the leadership of Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh.

Lauding Singh’s “padyatra”, Sinha said that present-day politicians do not want to work hard and consider themselves a national leader just by coming in public debates on televisions and talking to the media. “Going door to door to see people does not happen these days. Leaders now consider themselves a top figure just by speaking on television. They don’t want to work hard,” he said, adding: “Singh is different and the amount of hard work he is doing can be done by a leader only if he really wants to do something for the nation.”

Apart from Sinha and Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Shatrughan Sinha was also present at the event. Attacking the BJP, Kejriwal said if the Delhi government can reform the national capital in so less time, “why can’t the BJP sitting at the Centre?”

“Entire nation is unhappy with the BJP. People want change. This time you all should vote to defeat the BJP.” Kejriwal said that his party is supporting the demand of Uttar Pradesh to divide it into four parts for its better development.

Earlier in April, Sinha blasted the Narendra Modi government over several issues ranging from economy, safety of women and foreign policy to ‘threat to democracy’ and more. Sinha appealed to leaders in the BJP to “pick up courage, and speak up and save democracy and the country” in a column, ‘Dear friend, speak up’ for The Indian Express.

(With agency inputs)