Dissent from within the BJP: From Yashwant Sinha to Subramanian Swamy

By : Tulika Bhaskar

Yashwant Sinha(HT File Photo)

Updated: Sep 28, 2017 08:08 IST

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Yashwant Sinha is not the first leader from the ruling BJP alliance to criticise the government over its policies, though his attack is by far the most scathing and direct.

There is a small chorus of voices from within the party who have been openly critical of the central government’s controversial economic decisions, especially demonetisation and GST. But a few of the party’s leaders have also have taken a dissenting line on other government decisions, such as the plan to deport Rohingyas refugees.

Here is what BJP’s dissenters have to say:

Subramanian Swamy

BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy told a TV channel earlier this month that the economy was in a tailspin and may “crash” if the Modi government does not follow urgent course correction.

“Today, the economy is in a tailspin. Yes, it can crash. We need to do a lot of good things to revive the economy. Even a tailspin can be made to steady. If nothing is done, we are heading for a major depression. There will be mass scale… banks might collapse, factories might start closing,” Swamy told CNN-News18.

Swamy said he had written a 16-page letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi warning about this. He also claimed that India’s GDP was much lower than was being shown. “It is lower than what is being told to you, and it is going to decline,” Swamy said.

Location : New Delhi, Delhi, India Date : 2017-09-28 05:16:38

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