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India facing recession; 'lokshakti' must check Modi's 'rajshakti': Sinha

GST could have been a 'Good and Simple Tax' but the people in power made it a 'Bad and Complicated Tax', he said

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Yashwant Sinha
BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha speaks at the release of Congress leader & former union minister Manish Tewari's book "Tidings of Troubled Times" at a function in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Former minister Yashwant Sinha on Monday once again trained his guns on the economic policies of the and called for 'lokshakti' (people's power) to check 'rajshakti' (government).

Speaking at a public event organised by farmers' Shetkari Jagar Manch at Akola in region, he also singled out the central over implementation of and

Citing Jaiprakash Narayan, Sinha appealed for a 'lok shakti' movement which will keep a check on 'rajsatta' (government).

"Let us start this Lokshakti initiative from Akola," Sinha said.

"As it is, we are already facing And what are numbers (peddled by the government)? Numbers can prove one thing and with the same numbers, the other side can also be proven," Sinha said.

Training his guns on Modi, the leader said, "The head of our in his recent hour-long speech cited numbers to show India's progress, saying so many cars and motorcycles were sold".

"Does this mean that the country is progressing," Sinha asked.

There was sale but was there any production, he asked.

"I was avoiding speaking about (at this event) because after all what does one say about something which has failed," Sinha said.

"When we were in the opposition, we used to allege that there were tax terrorism and 'raid raj' by the then government," Sinha said.

"I have no words to express what is going on today as terrorism is the final word," he said.

could have been a "Good and Simple Tax" but the people in power made it a "Bad and Complicated Tax", he said.

It is the duty of the to remove anomalies in implementation, Sinha said.

On his recent outburst against the through a newspaper article, Sinha said, "People felt that I said what they feel."

"I come from Jharkhand where farmers do not commit suicide. But in the recent few days I do not know what happened that the farmers there are committing suicide," Sinha said.

First Published: Mon, October 16 2017. 11:24 IST