Veteran BJP leader and former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, who has been sidelined ever since Narendra Modi and Amit Shah took the party reigns in their hands, has alleged that after coming to power, the BJP has easily accepted all the policies that it had vehemently opposed while being in the Opposition.

The disgruntled former stalwart of the BJP said in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday that after being ignored and not given an appointment to meet Modi even after 13 months, he has now decided to express all his views publicly. He asserted that he no longer had any inclination to meet anyone in the government after the way he had been mistreated.

Sinha was in Jabalpur to take part in a farmers’ agitation at Gadarwara in the neighbouring Narsinghpur district on Thursday.

Referring to former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and BJP veteran L K Advani, Sinha lamented, “Today’s BJP is not like the one in the days of Atalji and Advaniji.”

He pointed out that in those days, even a small-time worker could go to Delhi and meet party president Advani without appointment.

“I sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi 13 months ago to discuss various issues, but I haven’t got it so far. Now I have decided I will not meet anyone in the government. Whatever I have to say, I will say openly in public,” Sinha said.

He said farmers were being neglected by the BJP-led Union government and their condition was very bad in Madhya Pradesh too.

Mocking at the awards that the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh has received for its performance in agriculture continuously over the past few years, Sinha said they were given on the basis of fudged figures.

He also criticised the MP government’s much-hyped ‘Bhavantar Scheme’ for farmers, rubbishing it as a mere gimmick. Sinha alleged that only traders were benefitting from the scheme while farmers were still a distressed and harassed lot.