In what can bring in a huge embarrassment for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party, the Aam Aadmi Party government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has roped in veteran politician Yashwant Sinha to help formulate the budget for Delhi.
The Delhi government has co-opted Sinha to hold an orientation programme for the Delhi Finance Minister, Finance Secretary & MLAs on budget & budget making process on 15 March.
The Kejriwal-led party has approached Sinha to address an orientation programme, which will be attended by top leaders, including the Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, Finance secretary and other AAP MLAs. Sinha would be imparting his expertise to the leaders who will be presenting their budget this March.
“Sinha is the best person to interact with legislators, most of whom are first-timers,” the Secretary of Delhi Legislative Assembly Prasanna Kumar Suryadevara said.
AAP’s Delhi Dialogue Commission has been in touch with Sinha for “broad suggestions” on the Budget, which is to be presented on March 28, people aware of the matter said.
After PM Narendra Modi’s elevation, BJP leader LK Advani, Yashwant Sinha and Murli Manohar Joshi have expressed their displeasure with the party over leadership issues at several ocassions in the past.
The BJP veteran recently tore into the Modi government, saying there is no dialogue among the NDA allies and they may meet the same fate as the Indira Gandhi-led Congress, which was drubbed in the elections after Emergency.
Taking a swipe at PM Modi for setting the cut-off age of 75 years for induction of ministers, Sinha had earlier said the present regime has declared those above 75 as “brain dead” on assuming office.