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Dissident BJP leader and the former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha who has been vocal about criticising the ruling party for their failures in the centre has made a decision to end all his ties with Bharatiya Janata Party and retire from the party politics. Mr Sinha said, "I am quitting the BJP because of the party's condition". Now, I am announcing here my renouncement of party politics. "I'm not going to join any other political party".

The senior leader announced that he was quitting the BJP and launching a strong nationwide campaign to save democracy. He has also said that he won't sit quietly when there is a crisis in the country.

Several Opposition members such as Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tej Pratap Yadav, Congress' Renuka Chowdhury, Aam Aadmi Party leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh attended the event. This is after his recent open letter to BJP MPs "Dear Friend, Speak Up". With Sinha having already floated a National Forum, stated to be an apolitical outfit, party leaders maintained the best strategy was not to be drawn into an argument with the former Union minister.

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He also criticised the foreign policy adopted by the Modi government calling it a "sum total of frequent foreign visits by the prime minister and his hugging foreign dignitaries".

The event has been called under the banner of "Rashtra Manch", a platform started by the former union minister and Shatrughan Sinha.

Sinha, who had joined the BJP in the mid-90s, said "Aaj se mera BJP ke saath rishta samapt ho gaya".


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