In Politics nothing can be predicted and one can’t say when friends will turn enemies and vice versa. The recent classic case is the utter bitterness of Arun Shourie, Yashwant Sinha & Shatrughan Sinha with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Their justifications and mysteries have been going for the past four years. Let us look into the reasons behind the enmity or hatred of each person with Modi.
In the Udaipur hotel disinvestment case and other cases against disinvestment in courts, the prime mover was noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
Till the wee hours of May 26, 2014, before the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi’s Cabinet, Arun Shourie was a friend-philosopher–guide of Narendra Modi. Shourie was the first politician to float Modi as the next Prime Minister of India during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections when BJP was fighting under the leadership of LK Advani. Shourie’s relations with Modi date back to the late 90s, when Shourie and Yashwant Sinha were ruling the roost due to their proximity with Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Shourie was seen as a strategist and supporter of Modi and often seen in Gujarat from 2004 and was floating Modi’s Gujarat Model of development in national media.
It must be remembered that Arun Jaitley was the common enemy of Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha and as a buddy, Shatrughan Sinha always follows Yashwant Sinha blindly. Though angered with Modi for being kept out from the Union Cabinet, Arun Shourie kept silent almost till September 2014. During this period, Shourie and Modi used to meet on certain issues and it was a known secret that Arun Jaitley was doing his best to create a tussle between old friends. Jaitley was well aware that Shourie was complaining about the happenings in Finance Ministry to Modi and made some changes in the decisions.
Shourie ultimately broke with Modi, when one fine morning, he saw newspapers splashing news of a CBI decision to probe into a Udaipur ITDC Hotel disinvestment case in September 2014. This disinvestment was a Cabinet decision under Vajpayee Government and all the public interest litigations failed in the Supreme Court also. Shourie wrote a full page warning article in Indian Express against the CBI’s move and exposed that this deal was then approved by the then Law Minister Arun Jaitley.
Being an eminent journalist, Shourie was well aware that this move was to fix him and the planting of news was done by none other Arun Jaitley. After the news broke out, Shourie rushed to Modi to blast and Modi assured him that he will find how CBI decided to pursue this case, propped up by the previous UPA Government. Though Prime Minister assured, Shourie was irked by the CBI’s questioning his officers in the Disinvestment Ministry. This was the last meeting of Shourie and Modi and Shourie started declaring Modi as his rival number one.
Though common friends were pressed in for patch up, Shourie did not budge and went ahead and allied with all enemies of Modi. Look at an interesting thing that happened and this is a common phenomenon. Actually, in the Udaipur hotel disinvestment case and other cases against disinvestment in courts, the prime mover was noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan. Now Bhushan, Shourie and Yashwant Sinha united in the Rafale case to fix Modi. Politics is totally unpredictable. Now let us go to Shatrughan Sinha’s case.
It is intriguing to note that BJP has not taken any action against Shatrughan Sinha, who appeared in the Opposition rally in Kolkata and abused Prime Minister Modi repeatedly.
No clear information as to why Shatrughan Sinha hates Narendra Modi. His daughter and film star Sonakshi Sinha was also a good supporter of Narendra Modi in his early days as the PM and Modi on many occasions tweeted photos with her. Around mid-2015, Shatrughan Sinha started criticising and soon started abusing Modi and daughter Sonakshi Sinha was also seen distancing herself from Modi’s meetings with Bollywood stars. After the split, Sonakshi’s star started shining less in Bollywood. Anyway, no movie producer will care to take a film actor, whose father is seen as a serial abuser of Prime Minister. There is still no concrete information as to why Shatrughan Sinha declared war with Modi and many assume, he had decided to support his longtime buddy Yashwant Sinha. Both Sinhas are considered as one unit and Shatrughan always blindly goes with Yashwant come hell or high water without looking back. Same is the case with Yashwant Sinha. He too blindly supports Shatrughan, never looking into the merits of the issue. It is still unclear, who quarrelled with Modi first, Shatrughan or Yashwant? We have to wait for the memoirs if they write in future.
It is intriguing to note that BJP has not taken any action against Shatrughan Sinha, who appeared in the Opposition rally in Kolkata, the previous week and abused Prime Minister Modi repeatedly. Sinha is still a BJP MP and one wonders why BJP is not taking action against him for this blatant anti-party activity.
There is practically no reason behind Yashwant Sinha’s anger towards Modi, who gave him a good VRS package by making his politically novice son Jayant Sinha as Minister of State in Finance and Civil Aviation.
What is the problem of Yashwant Sinha with Prime Minister Narendra Modi? Modi has done the biggest favour to Yashwant Sinha by making his son Jayant Sinha who had just joined politics months before in 2014. Actually, Yashwant Sinha should be eternally grateful to Modi for making his banker son Jayant Sinha and giving him plum portfolios in Finance and Civil Aviation.
Like Arun Shourie, Yashwant Sinha is also a known enemy of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. But Jaitley was so graceful in accommodating Sinha’s son as his deputy in Finance Ministry and was seen encouraging him. So why is Yashwant Sinha always bickering? Nobody can explain this behaviour of Sinha. Was he expecting some bonanza from Modi? In BJP it is not possible to accommodate both father and son; especially after son got good plum posts, especially when he joined politics just weeks before the election.
In politics, we have often seen problematic sons but rarely seen problematic fathers.
There is practically no reason behind Yashwant Sinha’s anger towards Modi, who gave him a good VRS (Voluntary Retirement Scheme) package by making his politically novice son Jayant Sinha as Minister of State in Finance and Civil Aviation. Even after father Yashwant Sinha’s all-out attack on Modi, BJP and Modi were always good to son Jayant Sinha.
Will Modi, Shourie and the Sinhas care to explain in future what the reason behind this animosity crossing all limits is? If so it would be interesting to know.
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