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Yashwant Sinha to campaign against BJP in Gujarat

Campaign led by former Gujarat CM Suresh Mehta; polling to take place between Dec 9 and 14

Archis Mohan  |  New Delhi 

Yashwant Sinha
BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha. (File photo: PTI)

As part of the Lokshahi Bachao Abhiyan, or the campaign to save democracy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader will address public meetings in in mid-November.

The campaign is led by former chief minister is scheduled to vote on December 9 and 14.

Mehta has invited the veteran to speak on November 14, 15 and 16. The meetings will be held in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and Speaking to Business Standard, Mehta said Sinha had confirmed his attendance. Sinha could not be contacted as he was travelling abroad. He is likely to speak on economic issues, particularly the impact of the goods and services tax, and demonetisation.

Reports from said the campaign is supported by the Congress, but Mehta said it was a conglomeration of civil society groups, trade unions, environmental activists, Gandhians, and eminent citizens. “My campaign is not affiliated to any political party. It is an initiative by the citizens to bring to the fore the reality of the so-called development model,” he said. 

Mehta, who quit the in 2007 after differences with then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, said the campaign will not ask the electorate to vote in favour of any particular party but to throw out the government. Mehta was CM for nearly a year in 1995-96 and also the finance minister in the Keshubhai Patel-led government of that time.

Of late, Sinha has been critical of the Narendra Modi government’s handling of the economy and the shrinking space for dissent within his party. He said he was “past caring” if the was to take any disciplinary action against him.

First Published: Fri, November 03 2017. 03:20 IST