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Old July 30th, 2009, 11:24 PM
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Post Now Yashwant Sinha advises BJP

I think the BJP has been a target of unsolicited advise. Not all of it is bad, but then.. well you decide.

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‘We should give up our posts... let younger people lead the party in the next election’


The Indian Express Posted online: Monday , Jul 27, 2009 at 0609 hrs
His letter to party president Rajnath Singh on accountability was leaked and led to his sidelining. But senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha is confident that there’s always a second innings. In this interaction with The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta on NDTV 24x7’s Walk the Talk, Sinha says that even though he does not feel victimised, a little more fairness in the party would go a long way in keeping everybody satisfiedShekhar Gupta: My guest this week is somebody you have seen sort of angry lately. Yashwant Sinha, welcome to Walk the Talk.
Yashwant Sinha: Thank you.
Shekhar Gupta: Yashwant Sinha ko gussa kyun aata hai?
Yashwant Sinha: Yashwant Sinha ko gussa nahin aata hai. Yashwant Sinha is a very cool person.
Shekhar Gupta: What’s been engaging your mind the last two months?
Yashwant Sinha: It’s not only the last two months; it is the last many months. I left Delhi on January 1 and campaigned in my constituency for three-and-a-half months. It’s a very tough constituency. There’s nothing going for me. I won it in 1998 and 1999. I thought it was very easy until I lost in 2004. This time, I didn’t want to take any chances because I knew that a second defeat would put an end to my political career and even if nobody asks me to quit, I would have to quit myself. My hard work paid off. For 100 days, every morning I used to go out into the constituency, meet people in the villages, in the towns, and the coal field area. It was a single-minded focus on elections. My election was held on the very first day. Then I came back and was told by the party that I should be travelling to some state capitals and meeting the media in Delhi. Mr Advani called me from Bangalore and said, ‘Yashwantji, please take up some economic issue and meet the press’. I started going to other places, talked on economic issues and price rise, and tried to do my best for the party. The results were declared on May 16. I won, but we lost. My personal victory was not enough to lift my spirits and I thought there would be a lot of activity here. We will sit down to review the defeat. But that wasn’t happening. I was disappointed. I waited until we were called to a meeting of the newly elected parliamentarians on May 31. That meeting again was somewhat casual, in a light hearted manner...
Shekhar Gupta: ...You mean people were joking about it?
Yashwant Sinha: Not joking about the defeat, but it was not serious. That greatly disappointed me. Here is a big defeat. There are ways of looking at it: we can say that a bipolar polity has emerged in India finally; other parties have been decimated more than us; we have lost only 22 seats. These are consolations that we can give ourselves. But unlike in 2004, which we believe we lost accidentally, this time the difference between the number of seats that we have and the number of seats that the Congress has is 90. The 90-seat difference between the Congress and the BJP in the Lok Sabha leaves us far behind. What’s more distressing is the fact that some or a part of our constituency seems to have deserted us.
Shekhar Gupta: The urban voters?
Yashwant Sinha: The urban voters and other sections of society which were traditionally attached to the BJP have shifted and...
Shekhar Gupta: ... Look at the wipeout in Delhi.
Yashwant Sinha: Everywhere.
Shekhar Gupta: The margins are high in Delhi.
Yashwant Sinha: We should have had sleepless nights over Delhi. Why have we lost Delhi? First, in the Assembly election, and then all the seven Lok Sabha seats. Delhi has a large number of Purvanchali voters. We did not give even a single ticket to a Purvanchali. The Congress put up Mahabal Mishra, who won. He defeated Jagdish Mukhi, an established politician. Maybe if we had given one seat to a Purvanchali that would have influenced Purvanchali voters everywhere else. That didn’t happen. I started thinking about it and finally decided that instead of keeping these thoughts to myself, I should put it down in writing and send it to the party president and to those people in the party who are responsible for decision-making — the core group comprising 11 persons. So, I addressed the letter to Rajnath Singhji.
Shekhar Gupta: Is it deliberate, like a cricket or a football or a hockey team of 11?
Yashwant Sinha: I don’t know, but I sent it to all of them.
Shekhar Gupta: And do you have two umpires and a third umpire sitting in Nagpur?
Yashwant Sinha: And also line and length.
Shekhar Gupta: So you wrote this letter.
Yashwant Sinha: Yes. I felt that two things were important. One was that we must have the principle of accountability in the party. I talked about accountability and decided to apply it to myself. I was the party’s national vice-president and I said, ‘though I did not have much to do with election management and strategy, as a national vice-president I have no right to continue’. I decided to take part of the blame and quit not only the vice-president’s post but also excuse myself from other responsibilities at the national and state-level. I said that I would work as an MP, an ordinary karyakarta of the party. The other reason behind this was that in all political parties, including the BJP, there is a great deal of clamour for posts. I felt that something like a Kamraj Plan was needed wherein we should give up our posts to put a stop to this practice of clamouring for posts and let younger people take our positions and lead the party in the next election.
Shekhar Gupta: What kind of reaction did you expect when you wrote the letter? It is a very well written letter, I must say.
Yashwant Sinha: Thank you. I expected that the party leadership will be kind enough and accept my resignation, which they did. I expected that it will trigger some kind of a debate within the party and I am happy that it has triggered that debate. I am not alone in asking for that debate, there are many other colleagues too.
Shekhar Gupta: It has led to a debate, even though you have sacrificed your wicket.
Yashwant Sinha: You have to do that.
Shekhar Gupta: Is it like when the asking rate is too much, somebody has to throw his bat at the ball and risk it?
Yashwant Sinha: Maybe.
Shekhar Gupta: Maybe lose his wicket for now, but there is another innings.
Yashwant Sinha: There is always another innings, unless God takes you away. The party has now decided that it will have a chintan baithak sometime in August.
Shekhar Gupta: Were you disappointed by the party’s reaction? This holy outrage, I mean, the debate was not so much on the contents of the letter but how it was leaked.
Yashwant Sinha: Yes, I know. When it was leaked, I was in Hazaribagh, my constituency. I started getting calls that the letter has been leaked and it was all over the media. I came back after 12-13 days and some friends from the media got to know that I was coming back, so they accosted me. This is the explanation that I gave them: the natural culprit in a situation like this will be the author of the letter and so the needle of the suspicion points towards me. But I was not present in the national executive meeting. How did every word of the national executive debate get leaked to the media? What did Sunder Lal Patwa say, what did Gopinath Munde say, what did Arun Shourie say? — everything was out in the newspapers. I got to know because it was also appearing in Jharkhand’s newspapers. I said that media has become all pervasive. We had a rule that during Parliament session you will not talk about policies to the media outside Parliament. But this is now being openly violated even by ministers.
Shekhar Gupta: You can’t deal with the media by old rules now.
Yashwant Sinha: You can’t. People in public life cannot hide anything anymore. In my opinion, it is all for the good.
Shekhar Gupta: Are you saying that you didn’t leak the letter, but you are not particularly outraged that it got leaked?
Yashwant Sinha: I am surprised that it got leaked, but outrage is not the word that I will use.
Shekhar Gupta: You don’t think it has caused mortal damage to the party or its reputation.
Yashwant Sinha: I don’t think so.
Shekhar Gupta: What is the most disappointing thing somebody has said to you in response to this?
Yashwant Sinha: Some stories were spread, as they always are. For instance, in December 2006, I was very ill and could not attend the national convention in Lucknow.
Shekhar Gupta: That is a story most people don’t know, how you fought off such a formidable challenge to your health.
Yashwant Sinha: Yes. I told party president Rajnath Singh then that I will not be able to come to Lucknow because I am unwell. Then stories were planted in some sections of the press saying that I did not attend because I was going to join the Congress.
Shekhar Gupta: Stories are being spread now as well.
Yashwant Sinha: Some of my colleagues have done it. I know it because I sit in the Central Hall of Parliament, I know what talk is going on.
Shekhar Gupta: Was there a talk again of you wanting to join the Congress?
Yashwant Sinha: Yes, that I wanted to join the SP, BSP, RJD.
Shekhar Gupta: So did any senior BJP leader say, ‘Yashwantji kyun kiya?’
Yashwant Sinha: No. I have met the party president. We sat together and I made my position clear.
Shekhar Gupta: Do you feel victimised?
Yashwant Sinha: I wouldn’t say that I feel victimised, but I would say that a little more fairness in the party would go a long way in keeping everybody satisfied.
Shekhar Gupta: How?
Yashwant Sinha: It is in terms of responsibilities, opportunities that you give to the members in the Lok Sabha.
Shekhar Gupta: The party has to give you time.
Yashwant Sinha: It is the party which has to decide who will speak on what subject. If I am not asked by the party to speak on a certain subject, I keep quiet. Even after this whole episode, I expected the party to ask me to speak on the Budget. After all, I have presented five Budgets.
Shekhar Gupta: And in terms of criticising the Budget, you are making the most sense.
Yashwant Sinha: I have had other forums where I have expressed my views.
Shekhar Gupta: Did you tell the party that you wanted to speak on the Budget?
Yashwant Sinha: Before all this happened, I was informed that somebody else was going to speak on it, and that disappointed me.
Shekhar Gupta: You, Jaswant Singh and Arun Shourie are the three people — two of you have presented Budgets and the third is knowledgeable on economics — who were in different ways victimised for raising questions that people should have raised.
Yashwant Sinha: I don’t know whether you can use the expression victimised, but the three of us were charged with the responsibility of talking to the media when the economic slowdown began. We came out with a list of solutions. We met the media thrice. Mr Advani called a meeting of industrialists and gave me the responsibility of organising it, preparing a statement and meeting the media. Then suddenly I find that Mr Jaswant Singh is not here on the day of the Budget. He had some work in his village and he had informed everybody that he would be away. But I was certainly here. If you look at the people who participated in this session from the BJP’s side on important debates, you will come to your own conclusions.
Shekhar Gupta: Did you raise it with the party?
Yashwant Sinha: I am waiting for this session to be over and see how things work out and then, maybe, I will bring it to the notice of the leadership.
Shekhar Gupta: Do you see yourself as a change agent or a whistleblower?
Yashwant Sinha: I don’t think you need whistleblowers in the party. I will not fancy myself as a change agent. I will only say that I have raised some issues. I hope that in the chintan baithak, the party will consider them.
Shekhar Gupta: So you are not going back to the pavilion?
Yashwant Sinha: No. My intentions were and continue to be entirely honest. I want the BJP to emerge stronger from this defeat, and you will emerge stronger from this defeat only when you look at your weaknesses and correct them. I hope the party will have the courage to do it.
Shekhar Gupta: One of the things that people talked about was how the BJP made big tactical errors like Mr Advani attacking Dr Manmohan Singh.
Yashwant Sinha: I found that issues that bother the people on a daily basis are far more important than other issues.
Shekhar Gupta: Than even the nuclear deal?
Yashwant Sinha: The nuclear deal was nowhere in the picture. People wouldn’t even know. Take the end-user agreement, for example. Who would know what it means? If I go to my constituency and start lecturing people about it, they will think I have gone mad.
Shekhar Gupta: Do you think now introspection will happen?
Yashwant Sinha: Yes.
Shekhar Gupta: And if for that you had to sacrifice your wicket in this innings, is it a good enough price to pay?
Yashwant Sinha: I have no regrets.
Shekhar Gupta: As you have figured out in life too, having fought off cancer successfully, there is always a second innings.
Yashwant Sinha: There is always a second innings. The disease from which I suffered was discovered suddenly, and I thought it was the end of the world. I fought it off successfully and that gave me a great deal of confidence. I feel God saved me so that I could make some kind of contribution.
Shekhar Gupta: And if you can deal with that, you can certainly deal with the rot in the party and politics, howsoever malignant it might be.
Yashwant Sinha: That has given me a great deal of confidence, there is no doubt about it.
Shekhar Gupta: Mr Sinha, the sacrificing batsman, there is always a second innings, the next match and many more innings.
Yashwant Sinha: Yes, there are one-day matches, T20s.
Shekhar Gupta: However, politics is not quite cricket.
Yashwant Sinha: Yes, it’s very different.
Shekhar Gupta: Thank you.
Yashwant Sinha: Thank you very much.



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Old July 31st, 2009, 12:04 AM
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Re: Now Yashwant Sinha advises BJP

Media is playing such graceful hosts to all the dissenters of BJP and giving them so much importance for Obvious reasons as it suits Congress that discussion is always around BJP. The moment public starts discussing Congress,it will loose heavily .

Baloochistan in Joint Statement fiasco is there,hence expect soon the fosus to shift around Narendra Modi .

On a serious note Media doesn't understand that unlike Congress ,Communists or a single person dominated party,BJP people can exist with alittle disagreement.

Despite Media interaction ban,yashwant 'Walked the talk" but still BJ didn't fired him but gave him important job of attacking Government on Sharam-Al-Shekh.
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Re: Now Yashwant Sinha advises BJP

Looks like he has been a dissenter 8 years back too. But shouldn't he follow his own advice and step back.

His tenure as a fin min in ABV cabinet wasn't too great and Jaswant Singh had to swap roles with him for 'India shining' to happen.

And like Jaswant Singh's infamous trip escort I ng Masood Azhar and co, He had to bite the bullet when as Chandrashekhar's FM, he used gold as collateral for dollars.
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Quite the same I was thinking yesterday ..

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Government is heading for epic failure, but is too self absorbed to realize it. Maybe people criticizing it has ulterior motives But If they go down same way, in 20 years from now in retrospect they might be considered worst government India even had (assuming world can survive for 20 more years). Before anyone thinks I want congress back, I wanna make clear, deep down inside I feel Human civilization has gone long enough, World is filled with so much hatred, greed, indifference toward suffering of other people, helplessness, hopelessness and other negativity that best remedy is The End.

Also I don't want finance minister's post.
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Re: Now Yashwant Sinha advises BJP

For Congress scam is seva

Govt is doing an excellent job, tax evaders have enjoyed for very long. Tell me if you have system in anything.. Traders have been doing accounts in their notepads, butchers throwing waste in the streets.. for decades we created a rotten system. Whatever you do some mofos will cry for sure.

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Now either they were targeting Shourie or Dovahkiin

It's not easy to accept the truth, sometimes people trying to show you reality seems like enemies/pessimists/negative people. I for one, oppose policies and ideologies rather than individuals. I said my piece, Rest is your fate.
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