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Updated: August 25, 2011 02:45 IST

Yashwant upset at party's “wishy-washy”stand

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BJP members Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha at Parliament House in New Delhi. File photo
PTI BJP members Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha at Parliament House in New Delhi. File photo

Shatrughan Sinha attacks BJP leadership for paying “lip service” to corruption

Sparks flew at the weekly meeting of the of the BJP Parliamentary Party on Wednesday, with a few MPs criticising the party's “wishy-washy” stand on Team Anna's demands and its Jan Lokpal Bill.

Yashwant Sinha, former Union Finance Minister and MP from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, reportedly accused the party of not taking up the corruption issue aggressively, thus allowing the initiative to go into the hands of Team Anna.

To the surprise of the leadership — senior leader L.K. Advani was in the chair as he is the chairman of the parliamentary party — two other MPs too expressed their dissatisfaction. The implication was that the BJP was being hypocritical as it had extended support to Team Anna without backing his Bill, putting the party, especially its MPs, in an awkward position. Some of them were “gheraoed” by young men and women, who responded to Team Anna's call to do so.

The party's stance had left MPs unable to answer why the BJP was not supporting the Jan Lokpal Bill, they felt.

Sources in the party said the two other MPs who spoke were Shatrughan Sinha, representing Patnasaheb in Bihar, and Uday Singh of Purnea, also in Bihar.

While at one point Mr. Yashwant Sinha was reported to have indicated that he could even quit his Lok Sabha seat — attempts to contact him were fruitless as his telephone was switched off — he seemed to have charged the leadership with failure to “take forward” the battle against corruption.

The trigger for the anger of these MPs was Mr. Advani's remarks, expressing his worry about the deteriorating health of Mr. Hazare, who has been fasting for more than nine days and appealing to him to end his protest. This was taken as a signal of capitulation.

Mr. Shatrughan Sinha attacked the leadership for paying “lip service” to the corruption issue and making much of it just to attack the Congress without being sincere in eradicating the menace.

Some party leaders tried to dismiss the entire episode as of not much importance as the parliamentary party was a forum at which MPs aired their grievances frankly. It was suggested that these things were said more in anger and frustration than in earnest.

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All kudos to the Sinhas who took up the matter of lip service given to the anti-corruption bill .Both the Sinhas have exposed BJP and its ulterior motives. The country is indebted to these members.

from:  vijoy
Posted on: Aug 26, 2011 at 11:01 IST

yeddy and reddy brothers are still in BJP. How bjp support Anna

from:  solomon
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 17:04 IST

Yashwant Sinha should not be unaware why the BJP leadership shied away from aggressive anti-corruption campaign while there were very corrupt politicians in the party. It was evident that BJP was hypocritical in doing just lip-service in favour of the ant-graft bill without contributing anything to instigate the ruling party to carry forward and do justice to people. Can Yashwant Sinha with the support of leaders like Shatrughnan Sinha muster rolls in BJP to form a core team to unreservedly fall in line with Anna Team so as to strengthen the bargaining power in negotiating with the government?

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 13:16 IST

It is showing very clear that., the BJP team supported the anna hazare's fast., only to disturb the Congress not on the national interest.. if they are keen on corruption then they must have supported the bill to be passed.. After all., they are also the fishes of the same corrupted tank...

from:  Sayeed
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 11:16 IST

On the issue of Jan Lokpal bill of Shri Anna Hazare ji, it appears our political party leaders are being governed by several Mafia groups those are involved with big corruption and also sharing their funds with these politician and in the history of 64 years of independence this has been now proved that our working systems and laws were never to support common people of India. An innocent civilian have to face our corrupt system in every day to day activities but have no solution whereas these leaders are not only enjoying all facilities but also looting wealth of India with both hands. It is shameless that common man is fighting for his bread und butter whereas Crores of Rupees black money is drained every day and being deposited in several banks out of India by these groups of Mafia and corrupt political leader and our Govt. says we can't take any action. This black money is a big threat to economy of our country and may also being funded to terrorist to destabilized India.

from:  R K Gupta
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 10:06 IST
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