Dissident BJP leader Yashwant Sinha to hold event with opposition parties today

Former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha quits BJP, says democracy in danger

"Today I am taking "sanyas" from any kind of party politics, today I am ending all ties with the BJP", ANI quoted Sinha as saying.

BJP dissident Yashwant Sinha, who has not left any stone unturned in criticising the BJP-led central government has quit from the party.

"I have separated myself from electoral politics four years ago and now I am also distancing myself from party based politics", he remarked asserting that he was not claimant to any post in future. "I'm not going to join any other political party".

He said that he would launch a strong movement to "save democracy" in the country.

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Sinha along with sulking BJP MP Satrughan Sinha, Congress leader Renuka Choudhary and Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh attended the meeting of Rashtra Manch. He has been critical of the economic policies of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, especially its November 2016 note ban. Yashwant had said Wednesday he would make a "political announcement" on Saturday.

"It is a poor currency distribution management", Yashwant had told a television channel, blaming the Reserve Bank of India as well as the government. In the recent times, has been a staunch critic of the NDA government, but had not stopped until today. He announced this at a function in Patna, organised by Rashtra Manch, an apolitical forum.

Sources said he may formally join forces with opposition parties as they work to put up a united front against the BJP.

Leaders from opposition parties - Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal were also present at the event.

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