NEW DELHI: Dissident BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has urged members of BJP Margdarshak Mandal—L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi—to break their silence, while exhorting the party’s Lok Sabha members to speak up against the government’s “failures”.
In an opinion piece, Sinha has argued that the decisive mandate of the 2014 verdict had been frittered away even while the party leaders had supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the hilt.
BJP chief Amit Shah had constituted the Margdarshak Mandal after the 2014 verdict. Besides the two veterans, it also includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Union minister Shanta Kumar, apart from Sinha himself.
The Margdarshak Mandal has never met officially since its constitution. The only time Advani sought to give a voice to the dissidents in the party was in the wake of the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections while Kumar had been an active campaigner in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.
Stating that the current BJP leadership had closed all windows for party leaders to express their views freely, Sinha claimed 40 per cent of the Lok Sabha MPs wouldn’t get re-nomination, while others wouldn’t win because of the government’s failures on all fronts. “Five Lok Sabha MPs from the scheduled caste communities have spoken up against the government. You (Lok Sabha MPs) should speak up, else the future generations would not forgive,” Sinha said. The party MPs should demand accountability from the government, he asserted, reminding them that national interest superseded all other concerns.
The party, however, ignored Sinha’s exhortations to the veterans and MPs. With Sinha having already floated a National Forum, stated to be an apolitical outfit, party leaders maintained the best strategy was not to be drawn into an argument with the former Union minister.