Trust Yashwant Sinha, “the last word has not been said” in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). After the Bihar election debacle there were murmurs of dissidence in the ruling party against the perceived one-upmanship of the top brass and it was expected that the Margdarshak Mandal comprising veterans like LK Advani, Shanta Kumar and Murli Manohar Joshi would up the ante against the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah combine. That possibility fizzled out and nothing really happened. However, party veteran and former Union minister Sinha feels that the story is not over yet.
When asked whether the Margdarshak Mandal has been sidelined in the BJP, Sinha said: “The last word yet not has been said.”
Speaking to thestatesman.com on Wednesday at the release of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha’s biography, Yashwant Sinha said he has no role in the party.
When asked to comment on the row surrounding the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), Sinha said, “I don’t have any role in the party, people of the party would decide on the issue of Kirti Azad.”
Azad has been suspended from the party for alleged “anti-party activities” and “colluding” with the Opposition parties. For a long time Azad has been raising the issue of alleged irregularities in the DDCA, and his allegations were somewhat targeted at BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. However, Azad said that he has not named any BJP leader and that his suspension was uncalled for.
“He (Azad) has replied to the show cause notice issued to him by the party and now the party would take a call on that,” Sinha said.
When asked if he would take up the matter with other leaders of BJP, Sinha said: “Meri koi aukaat nahi hai kisi se baat karne ki (I don’t have the capacity to speak to anyone).”