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Yashwant slams Modi's policies, calls for 'lokshakti' to check 'rajshakti'

I have no words to express what is going on today as terrorism is the final word: Yashwant

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha speaks at the release of Congress leader & former union minister Manish Tewari's book
BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha speaks | Photo: PTI

Former Union finance minister once again trained his guns on the economic policies of the Narendra Modi-led government and called for 'lokshakti' (people's power) to check 'rajshakti' (government).

Speaking at an event organised by farmers' NGO Shetkari Jagar Manch at Akola in Vidarbha region yesterday, he also attacked the central government over and implementation of

Referring to socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan, appealed for a 'lok shakti' movement which will keep a check on 'raj-satta' (government).

"Let us start this initiative from Akola," he said, adding, "As it is, we are already facing recession. And what are numbers. Numbers can prove one thing and with the same numbers, the other side can also be proven."

Training his guns on Prime Minister Modi, the leader said, "The head of our government 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," asked, adding there was a sale, but was there any production.

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

"When we were in the opposition, we used to allege that there were tax terrorism and 'raid raj' by the then government. I have no words to express what is going on today as terrorism is the final word," said.

could have been a "Good and Simple Tax" but the people in power made it a "Bad and Complicated Tax". It is the government's duty to remove anomalies in implementation, he said.

On his recent outburst against the government through a newspaper article, 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," he said.

First Published: Mon, October 16 2017. 16:27 IST