Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) old hand and former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha has criticised the ruling party’s economic performance in an Indian Express opinion piece.

In the scathing article, concluding with, “The prime minister claims that he has seen poverty from close quarters. His finance minister is working over-time to make sure that all Indians also see it from equally close quarters,” Sinha attacks the Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.

Here are 5 important things that he has said:

1) Sinha claimed that Jaitley was a relatively lucky finance minister because he took charge at a time when global crude oil prices are half the rate they used to be. But he claims that the current finance minister with “Superman”-like abilities has not been able to use this to the economy’s benefit.

2) Drawing parallels to when he held the post of finance minister, Sinha claims that it is a job that requires undivided attention. However, Jaitley has been a jack of all trades of sorts, handling important portfolios like finance, defence and corporate affairs at the same time.

3) Calling demonetisation (DeMo) an “unmitigated disaster”, the BJP veteran has highlighted that it, along with GST, were poorly conceived concepts. Implementation of DeMo and GST led to sinking businesses and a declining economy.

4) Sinha claims that State Bank of India (SBI) minced no words while pointing out that the economy is going through a slowdown which is not going to get resolved in the near future.

5) Sinha says that the BJP had protested against “raid raj” while in Opposition but that has become the order of the day now.

Naturally, this attack from a BJP veteran evoked amusing and strong reactions on Twitter:





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