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Yashwant Sinha quits BJP, says ‘democracy under threat’

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Patna, Apr 21:Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, who has been a vocal critic of the current BJP leadership and the government, today quit the party and alleged that there was a “threat” to democracy under the present dispensation.

“I have had a long association with the BJP. Today I am severing my ties with the BJP,”  the 80-year-old announced at a meeting here attended by opposition leaders from the Congress and the RJD besides dissident BJP leader and Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha.

Sinha, who held Finance and External Affairs portfolios in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government but was sidelined after Narendra Modi and Amit Shah came at the helm,  made it clear that he would not join any other political party, saying he was taking ‘sanyas’ (retirement) from party politics and will now work for “saving democracy in the country”.

The BJP said it was not surprised by his decision as it was clear from his opinions and actions that he had been acting at the “behest of the Congress”.

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