Amit Shah dismisses Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie as disgruntled “who did not get jobs“
11 August 2018
Brushing off allegations of corruption by a trio of former BJP leaders “who did not get jobs” under the Narendra Modi regime, party president Amit Shah rubbished the charges by Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Shatrughan Sinha.
Responding to queries by the media on the charges leveled by the three former BJP leaders – now sidelined by the party – Shah asked: “Will you give credence to the defence minister's statement or those who did not get jobs?”
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had clarified that the base price for the Rafale fighter aircraft, which had been negotiated by the government, was less than that finalised by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.
The BJP leadership has in the past dismissed allegations by the three former party members, claiming that they continue to be unhappy over being sidelined way back in 2014.
The party under Modi has been gradually sidelining former leaders aged in their 70s and 80s. Sinha is 80, Shourie 76 and Shatrughan 72.
A few days earlier, the three disgruntled BJP men lashed out at Modi at a meeting in Mumbai dubbed ‘Save democracy, save Constitution.’ They had described the Rafale fighter jet deal as a Rs35,000-crore scam, much bigger than the Rs64 crore Bofors one.
They had also referred to instances of hate crime and mob lynching in India.