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Sinha describes govt's austerity measures as tokenism

india Updated: Sep 14, 2009 19:34 IST
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A senior BJP leader on Monday dubbed as tokenism the recent austerity measures adopted by the Centre and said some serious steps are needed to save public money.

"The nation is reeling under economic crisis, and the current austerity measures look like tokenism. The government should take serious steps to save money," party MP Yashwant Sinha told a press conference in Ranchi.

Referring to the Expenditure Reforms Commission set up when he was Finance Minister during the NDA government led by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Sinha said "I used to travel in economy class to set an example."

Commenting on Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's recent visit to the United States where he discussed Pakistan's inaction against perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks, Sinha said "the government should say what action it will take if Pakistan is not acting on its six dossiers" on the 26/11 attacks.

He said Pakistan would not take action against Lashkar-e-Taiba founder and mastermind of the 26/11 attack Hafeez Sayeed. "Pakistan will never touch Hafeez Sayeed because he is an ISI agent".

Sinha also demanded early assembly elections in Jharkhand, now under President's rule, and said he will meet the Election Commission on Wednesday in this regard.

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