Sinha says he spoke in BJP’s interest

Himalayan News Service

New Delhi, June 29:

A day after being sacked as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman for criticising the BJP government in Jharkhand, an unrepentant Yashwant Sinha said he had only spoken in the

party’s interest. He also denied speculations of leaving the party.

“Obviously the party has not taken my comments favourably, otherwise I wouldn’t have been relieved of the post,” Sinha told reporters. “But I spoke in the party’s interest.”

The BJP yesterday removed the former external affairs minister as spokes-person after he publicly slammed the BJP-led Jharkhand government as corrupt and extravagant.

He had also earlier criticised BJP chief LK Advani over his remarks praising Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Sinha had expressed doubts whether Advani would be effective as leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha after his resignation. Sinha defended himself on both counts. “I realise that my comments on Advani were outside the purview of a spokesperson’s responsibility,” he said.