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Quitting party posts is load off my chest: Sinha

A day after his ‘letter bomb’ rattled the BJP, senior leader Yashwant Sinha said that quitting all party posts took the “load off my chest” but made it clear that he will remain in the BJP.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2009 00:42 IST
PTI and Shekhar Iyer
PTI and Shekhar Iyer
Hindustan Times

A day after his ‘letter bomb’ rattled the BJP, senior leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday said that quitting all party posts took the “load off my chest” but made it clear that he will remain in the BJP.

He said he was “happy” that his resignation has been accepted.

“It is just like getting the load off my chest,” Sinha said here when asked how he felt like after resigning as the party’s vice-president and from other posts.

“I will not say anything more. I will not give any opportunity to the party high command to gag me,” Sinha said when asked about his future plans.

“I had sent my resignation to be accepted. Therefore I’m happy that my resignation has been accepted,” the former Union minister said at his residence here.

However, Sinha said he will continue to be in the BJP.

Quoting from his four-page letter to party chief Rajnath Singh, he said he would continue to serve as a party worker. “I will serve as a BJP worker, and that is my promise.”

He had on Sunday quit all party posts, charging the leadership with not taking responsibility for the poll debacle in what was seen as criticism of LK Advani and Rajnath Singh.

Sinha, who seemed upset over the party’s chief election strategist Arun Jaitley being made the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said in the letter: “It is difficult to avoid the impression that in the BJP we put a premium on failure.”

Next fireworks could be in BJP conclave

Armed with a gag order on party leaders from airing views in public, BJP chief Rajnath Singh’s next challenge is to prevent fireworks in the ongoing internal war over leadership when its conclave is held here on June 20 and 21.

He has accepted Yashwant Sinha’s resignation as vice-president with immediate effect for the same objective — after a discussion with L.K. Advani who is a target of the attack from rebellious leaders due to post-poll appointments he has made in Parliament.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat hasn’t said what Rajnath must do but it is clear that the Sangh expects him to put the house in order and has disapproved the behaviour of Sinha as well as Jaswant Singh who had gone on television to say the BJP is in a state of disarray and the RSS is one of the factors hindering its working.

Significantly, Bhagwat is expected to be Delhi when the conclave is held — but he wouldn’t attend as it is not the practice. He will be busy with his own engagements though some BJP leaders may seek appointments with him.

Rajnath is under pressure to prevent other dissenting leaders from staging resignations to embarrass the party before the conclave, say party insiders.

Nearly 200-odd leaders from all over the country will gather for the two-day meeting of the BJP’s national executive, being held for the first time since the Lok Sabha poll debacle.

On Sunday, Rajnath made it clear that he does not agree with the pro-changers in the BJP who want the party to drop its aggressive Hindutva. Though he was responding to RSS ideologue MG Vaidya’s contention that the BJP is inconsistent with its ideology, Rajnath appeared to be responding to Jaitley who has called for a change in the party’s approach as “shrillness doesn’t pay”.

First Published: Jun 15, 2009 00:41 IST