After Arun Shourie, another senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader - Yashwant Sinha - has come out against the party's decision to sack Jaswant Singh for his controversial book praising Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah, saying the move "was not right".
"It was not right for the party to take that decision," Sinha, a former finance minister, said on Thursday in reply to a question on the expulsion of Jaswant Singh last week.
Sinha also said that the BJP should not have taken such a decision for a leader "who has served the party for 30 years".
He said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would have handled the present crisis in the party in a much better way than LK Advani.
This is the first time Sinha has commented on the expulsion of Jaswant Singh for his book Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence, in which he has praised Jinnah.