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Sinha swears at CM poser

Ranchi, July 1: Former MP Yashwant Sinha lost his cool in an attempt to issue an emphatic denial to persistent speculation about his eying the chief minister’s chair, his use of an all too familiar invective overshadowing a Ranchi programme on intricacies of the forthcoming Union budget on Tuesday today.

“Media wale humse poochte hain mukhyamantri kaun banega. Arre koi bhi *** mukhyamantri ban jaye, mera sawal hai ki Jharkhand ka kya hoga, yahan ki janta ka kya hoga (The media asks me who would become the chief minister. I can’t be bothered which...expletive deleted...becomes the chief minister. I am only concerned about the future of Jharkhand and its people),” the senior BJP leader said at a seminar on the expectations of the state from the Union budget at FJCCI (Federation of Jharkhand Chambers of Commerce) hall.

Many in the audience, among them newly elected mayor Asha Lakra, Congress MLA Radha Krishna Kishore and economist HarishwarDayal, squirmed in their seats at the casual use of the Hindi slang from the 76-year-old BJP veteran, who happened to hold important portfolios of finance and external affairs in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

In any case, Sinha’s colleagues in the BJP did not seem to approve of his choice of words, however unintended.

“I did not hear what Yashwantji said. But politicians should be extra cautious while making statements,” former chief minister Arjun Munda told The Telegraph.

Former Speaker C.P. Singh agreed.

“In democracy, the use of proper words are a must,” he said.

But there were others in the gathering who couldn’t be bothered themselves.

The former external affairs minister had recently been in the news for leading a crusade against power crisis for which he had also served a jail term of 15 days. Recently, party patriarch L.K. Advani also projected Sinha as a suitable leader for the state.

Earlier, Sinha revealed why he did not accord special status to Jharkhand when he was Union finance minister.

“When Jharkhand was formed out of Bihar, it had a surplus budget and a state with a surplus budget is not supposed to get special status,” he said. The senior BJP leader also expressed his displeasure at the JMM-led coalition government’s decision not to send a cabinet member to Delhi to attend the state finance ministers’ pre-budget meeting.

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