Continuing to rebel against the BJP, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on Saturday joined the farmers protest against the proposed NTPC plant in Gadarwara in Madhya Pradesh's Narsinghpur district, and the state government's Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana. Furthermore, sources have told Republic TV, that the Sinha has refused to meet Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on the matter.
The former finance minister has been sitting in dharna outside the collectorate protesting against the acquisition of fertile land for a thermal power plant in Gadarwara. Earlier, Sinha submitted a memorandum to the Narsinghpur district collector, supporting local farmers who protested against the NTPC for not fulfilling the promises made while acquiring land for its 1,600 MW Gadarwara power project
Additionally, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha will be joining the protest Sinha in the protest against the BJP on Sunday evening, sources added.
The latest move comes merely a few days after Sinha termed the budget 'jugglery of numbers' and said the government lost an opportunity to provide relief to the poor and the middle class. Sinha told reporters the budget had no schemes for the welfare of farmers. It was expected that an election-year budget would bring good news for agriculture and the rural sector, but the one presented by Arun Jaitley today was disappointing, he said.