Cong, JD (U), RJD to attend Yashwant’s meet today

Former Union Finance Minister and rebel BJP leader Yashwant Sinha will hold the first convention of his recently-floated Rashtriya Manch (National Forum) here in Patna on Saturday. PTI file photo

Former Union Finance Minister and rebel BJP leader Yashwant Sinha will hold the first convention of his recently-floated Rashtriya Manch (National Forum) here in Patna on Saturday.

The non-political outfit, launched in New Delhi in January this year, will witness a meeting of all the major non-BJP parties on April 21.

“Renuka Choudhary from Congress, Tejashwi Yadav from RJD and Jayant Choudhary (son of former Union Minister Ajit Singh) of RLD will attend the convention at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall here. Besides, AAP Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh and rebel JD (U) leader Uday Narayan Choudhary (who was Bihar Assembly Speaker from 2005 to 2015), will attend the meet of leaders inimical to the BJP,” a key aide of Sinha told DH here on Friday.

He added that BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib, Shatrughan Sinha, and former MP Sharad Yadav will also grace the occasion.

Though Yashwant has so far refrained from commenting on the agenda for Saturday's meeting, he has dropped ample hints that some ‘big announcement’ could be made during the political jamboree.

Critical of Modi

Yashwant, who held Foreign Affairs portfolio too during Atal Bihari Vajpayee regime, has been, of late, critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's handling of economic and foreign policy.

“He has made some scathing remarks against the BJP government for the way it has handled certain burning national issues, particularly the kind of hatred being spread in the society and the animosity towards the Opposition,” said the aide.

Incidentally, Yashwant’s son Jayant Sinha, who represents Yashwant’s former Lok Sabha constituency Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, is Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation in the Modi government, which the rebel BJP leader slams quite often.

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