1. BJP veterans aged above 75 were declared brain dead by Narendra Modi: Yashwant Sinha

BJP veterans aged above 75 were declared brain dead by Narendra Modi: Yashwant Sinha

Yashwant Sinha also targeted Narendra Modi over his pet 'Make in India' initiative, saying "make India first" and the rest will follow

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2015 6:41 PM
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Yashwant Sinha also targeted Narendra Modi over his pet ‘Make in India’ initiative, saying “make India first” and the rest will follow (PTI)

“All those who are above the age of 75 were declared brain dead on May 26, 2014,” senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has said, taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for setting the cut off age of 75 years for induction of ministers.

The caustic take from Sinha, who held finance and external affairs portfolios in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Chandra Shekhar governments, on the neglect of BJP veterans came at an industry event yesterday where he was asked about the difference between the Narendra Modi and Manmohan Singh dispensations.

Sinha also targeted Modi over his pet ‘Make in India’ initiative, saying “make India first” and the rest will follow.

“I am among those brain dead,” Sinha, whose son Jayant is Union Minister of State for Finance, said.

The octogenarian leader from Jharkhand is among top BJP leaders like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who have been sulking after not been inducted into the Modi government. Advani and Joshi have been made members of BJP’s ‘Margdarshak Mandal” to mentor the party. Joshi had recently targeted Modi’s ‘Namami Gange’ project for cleaning the Ganga, claiming it will never be successful.

Recalling his days as Finance Minister to take a swipe at the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Sinha said he had lowered duty on heavy equipment used for building roads. That, he said, accelerated construction of highways and helped the economy.

“‘Make India’ and ‘Make in India’ will follow,” he said.

Before Yashwant Sinha, Modi had come in for criticism for fixing the cut off age for ministers from another party senior– actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha.

Shatrughan Sinha, who had also served as Union minister under Vajpayee, insisted on “merit and mental alertness” being the criteria for choosing ministers.

“Instead of age, the criteria shall be mental alertness and health. Even at an age of 87 L K Advani has a sharp memory and energy like a 40-year-old man. Who can question the mental alertness and physical activities of Advani or Murli Manohar Joshi?” Shatrughan, who calls Advani his “guru”, had said some time back.

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    Mallikarjun Iyyer
    Jun 25, 2015 at 1:01 pm
    parties should not practice oligarchy/dynasty on the name of having brains above 75 . After all give young creative some space and power to prove after all this man has enough limelight in spite of party hopping where ethical issues come he is a big zero. After half of family is sucking power.
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    Rabi Sharma
    Jun 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm
    Yashwant Sinha's observation on the upper age limit of 75 for induction in the cabinet cannot be taken lightly, particularly when we see the agility of Advaniji and Digvijay Singh. Intelligence of leadership is known only with the effectiveness in choosing a person or idea solely on the basis of merit the choice signifies, because straightjacket formula is often adopted when the leadership is restrained in terms of intelligence.
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    t p
    Jun 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm
    upper limit & lower limit with educational qualification is must for ministers like doctors, advocates, engineers.....etc. All ministers should fall withion age group of 40 to 70 & must have graduation in any field with diploma in political science. No chance for the dynasty like pappu hi, akhilesh yadav, ..........etc.
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