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Yashwant Sinha defends himself, says his remarks weren't about PM Modi

India TV News Desk 31 Jan 2016, 23:41:49 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha defended himself today denying that he made any references to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his comments yesterday in Goa and said that his remarks were completely misunderstood and misinterpreted.

Sinha, who was yesterday present at a panel discussion in the 'Difficult Dialogues' conference in Dona Paula, had said, “The people of India will consign him to the dust, you just have to wait for the next elections", without naming Modi.

However, he today denied that he made any reference to PM Modi. 

"It is complete misinterpretation. Anyone who has reported this has completely misunderstood what I have said," he said. 

During the discussion, Sinha was asked about the present day culture of "I, me, myself" and what was the use for dialogue in such case.

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The former minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government replied that elected representatives including to Parliament and Assemblies have to continuously go back to the people who elect them. 

Sinha then referred to the Emergency of 1975 and said the country knew what happened to the "most concerted effort in our country to still the voice of dissent". 

"We all know how the people of India reacted. So, there would be aberrations here, aberrations there, we might be very concerned about the present situation because some of these things according to us are taking place. 

"But the great Indian society will take care of it and will consign to the dust those who do not believe in dialogue in India. The people of India will consign him to the dust, you just have to wait for the next elections," Sinha said yesterday. 

Today, he said the reference to Emergency has nothing to do with the present government.

Here is the video:

(With PTI inputs)