Vajpayee Wanted To Sack Modi, Says Yashwant Sinha
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Source: Narendra Modi’s Twitter Handle)

Vajpayee Wanted To Sack Modi, Says Yashwant Sinha

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Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha claimed then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was set to dismiss Narendra Modi, as Gujarat chief minister, after the 2002 Godhra riots, but withheld the decision after LK Advani threatened to resign from the Cabinet on the issue.

"After the communal riots in Gujarat, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had decided that then state chief minister Narendra Modi should resign.

While going to the national executive committee meeting in Goa in 2002, Atal ji had made up his mind that the Gujarat government would be dismissed if Modi ji refused to resign.
Yashwant Sinha, Former BJP Leader

"There was a meeting within the party. According to my information, Advani ji had opposed this (dismissing the Modi government) and he told Atal ji that if Modi ji is dismissed then he (Advani) would resign from the government. So, he (Vajpayee) withheld the decision and Modi ji continued," Sinha said.

Yashwant Sinha (Source: BloombergQuint)
Yashwant Sinha (Source: BloombergQuint)

Speaking at a meet-the-press programme in Bhopal, the former finance minister also dismissed the alleged misuse of INS Viraat by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, as a non-issue, saying formal naval officers have already issued a clarification on it.

"It is not as per the dignity of a prime minister to speak lies like this," Sinha said, adding the Lok Sabha polls were being fought on the Modi government's performance and not on the country's history.

Sinha, a member of the Vajpayee cabinet, hit out at Modi for raising the issue of Pakistan in the general elections.

"It is unfortunate that the issue of Pakistan is being raised in the elections. He hyphenated our country with Pakistan.

"Are we a country of Pakistan's category? There is no talk about China, which must be feeling happy with the Pakistan rhetoric," claimed the former foreign minister.

"This is being done because China's mention doesn't generate a reaction like that of Pakistan does," he added.

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Accusing the Modi government of playing "mischief" with statistics, Sinha said GDP data during the previous UPA government was higher than during the current NDA government.

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"The next government will get a broken economy," the bureaucrat-turned-politician said.

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Sinha blamed Modi for lowering the language of the political discourse.

"It is expected from a PM to use dignified language but this is not happening," Sinha alleged.

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