This meeting is attracting attention primarily because Sharad Pawar met Prashant Kishor the day before. In less than a week, they had agreed to meet again.
Several new buzzes have started in Delhi after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar was elected to the party. There are rumors that he will exclude Congress and Shiv Sena leaders from the meeting – the two NCP allies in the Maharashtra Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.
Besides senior politicians such as Farooq Abdullah, D Raja, and Yashwant Singh, the meeting will be attended by writers, journalists, and intellectuals. Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh will represent the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), while Ghanshyam Tiwari will represent the Samajwadi Party.
This meeting is attracting attention primarily because Sharad Pawar met Prashant Kishor the day before. In less than a week, they had completed again.
It is also interesting to note that the meeting is being held under the Rashtra Manch banner, a Yashwant Sinha platform launched in January.
RASHTRA MANCH – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Yashwant Sinha called the Rashtra Manch a “national movement” instead of an organization while stating that it would be a “non-party” political action group.
As part of his critique of the Narendra Modi government, Yashwant Sinha had alleged that democratic institutions are under attack and that the Rashtra Manch would focus on national issues.
- Rashtra Manch was launched in New Delhi by a broad spectrum of political leaders. Following are some of the most notable ones:
- Dinesh Trivedi, a TMC member at the time who joined the BJP in March
- Majeed Memon of the NCP is an MP in the Rajya Sabha
- Congressmen Shatrughan Sinha and Renuka Chowdhury, MPs of the Rajya Sabha
- Sanjay Singh, an AAP MP
- Pavan Varma, formerly of the Janata Dal-United (JDU), was a Rajya Sabha MP
- The former Gujarat chief minister Suresh Mehta, a former BJP colleague of Yashwant Sinha
- Jayant Chaudhary, leader of the RLD
- Sompal Shastri (BJP) and Harmohan Dhawan (AAP) were former ministers of the Union
YASHWANT SINHA: WHY IS HE ANGRY?
Ashwant Sinha was a former cabinet minister in the Chandrashekhar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee governments.
During the 2009 Lok Sabha election, Yashwant Sinha was the vice-president of the BJP. He resigned from the post after the BJP’s defeat in the polls. He and Arun Shourie were among the senior BJP leaders to sound a bugle of dissent against the Narendra Modi government.