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Yashwant rejects advice

Hazaribagh, June 5: Jailed BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has turned down party’s national president and Union home minister Rajnath Singh’s request to secure bail in a case slapped on him in connection with a protest against power cuts in the district.

The former external affairs minister, who has been in Loknayak Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail since Tuesday, said he would come out only when the administration unconditionally dropped the “illegal case” lodged against him and his supporters for protesting against power woes.

Speaking to this correspondent inside the central jail this morning, Sinha said the Section 353 (preventing a public servant from discharging his duty) had been included in the FIR even though their protest was peaceful.

On Monday, Sinha led a group of BJP workers, who allegedly misbehaved and manhandled a senior official of Jharkhand Urja Vikas Limited. He was arrested along with 53 BJP workers.

Later, a Hazaribagh court remanded him to 14-day judicial custody on Tuesday after the BJP stalwart refused to seek bail. “The FIR was an insult and I will not seek any bail,” he reiterated.

“Yesterday, a party delegate came with Rajnathji’s message, asking me to apply for bail. But I have informed him that the circumstances here are different and I will continue this war till I am released unconditionally,” he added.