Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha will visit poll-bound Gujarat to deliver lectures and meet businessmen, on the invitation of a nonprofit said to be supported by the Congress party, PTI reported. Sinha’s three-day tour will begin on November 14.
Sinha, a former finance minister, has been critical of his own party’s governance in recent months. In September, he wrote an article attacking the government for the economic slowdown, which led to verbal exchanges between him and other party members.
The organisation Lokshahi Bachao Abhiyan, led by former Chief Minister Suresh Mehta, has invited Sinha to Gujarat. Mehta told the Business Standard that Sinha had confirmed his participation in their events. Sinha is likely to speak in Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Surat, on economic issues such as the impact of the Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation.
Voting for the Assembly election in Gujarat will take place on December 9 and 14.
Though reports claim the Congress supports the NGO, Mehta denied this, saying, “My campaign is not affiliated to any political party. It is an initiative by the citizens to bring to the fore the reality of the so-called Gujarat development model.”