- Yashwant Sinha, who had launched 'Rashtra Manch', said 'won't quit BJP'
- Being citizen of India bigger thing than being a BJP member, he said
- Mr Sinha is a frequent critic of the central government's policies
Mr Sinha, who launched a political platform 'Rashtra Manch' recently to take on the NDA-led central government, said being a citizen of India was a bigger thing than being a BJP member.
"I will not leave the party, but if it wishes, it can expel me," he told reporters here.
The former finance minister said he had taken up the cause of farmers in his capacity as a citizen, adding that his opposition was not to a person or a party but to policies.
Rashtra Manch is a a movement of farmers and unemployed people, Mr Sinha said, adding that those sitting in Delhi and Bhopal were unaware of farmers' plight.
The senior BJP leader said the latest Economic Survey refereed to unemployment, education-related woes and farmers' problems.
"These problems have not crept up overnight...the government has failed on these counts in the last three years," the BJP veteran said.
Sinha would be taking part in a farmers' agitation against a proposed power project in Narsinghpur district of Madhya Pradesh tomorrow. He had also taken part in a protest on December 22.