Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram who had praised senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha yesterday for “talking truth to the power,” has criticised Jayant Sinha’s article as reading “like a Press Information Bureau release.” He further added that he should know that administrative changes are not structural reforms.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is yet to comment on Sinha’s assessments, but other top ministers yesterday defended the government’s handling of the economy.
“India’s record is well known across the world. It is one of the fastest growing economies”, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said, “Under the decisive leadership of PM Modi, India has become the world’s fastest-growing economy for three years in a row,” highlighting GST as an “unprecedented reform.”
The BJP is united on the say that Yashwant Sinha’s articles are motivated by his frustration, and the 84-year-old leader is out to seek revenge for his derogation by PM Modi.
Mr Sinha and other senior leaders like LK Advani were unofficially sidelined to an altogether different faction of the BJP in a move seen as a penalty for opposing Narendra Modi being named the party’s prime ministerial candidate before the 2014 national election.
(Edited and compiled by Santadeep Dey, Team Swalla)