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Mamata has all the qualities to be the face of coalition after LS elections: Sinha

Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha praised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that she has all the qualities to be the face of a coalition that can be formed at the Centre if the incumbent Narendra Modi-led dispensation is defeated in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 10 Dec 2018 4:44 AM GMT

Mamata has all the qualities to be the face of coalition after LS elections: Sinha
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New Delhi: Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha praised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that she has all the qualities to be the face of a coalition that can be formed at the Centre if the incumbent Narendra Modi-led dispensation is defeated in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

In a talk show 'Idea Of Bengal' which was organised by Trinamool Congress, Sinha said, "She has all the qualities to be the face of that coalition."

Sinha, who held important portfolios including Finance and External Affairs in the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee -- the first Prime Minister to complete a full term as the head of a coalition -- said such governments can run well if the Prime Minister has the ability to carry all coalition partners.

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"I have experience of coalition government. I think it can run beautifully if the Prime Minister has the personality to carry all the coalition partners," he said.

Sinha also lauded Banerjee for her courage and said she has a big role to play in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

"She is a lady of great courage, and that reflects all the time in her actions. We have just talked about electing a new government when Lok Sabha elections take place. My view is that the Chief Minister of West Bengal has a very major role to play in achieving that," he said.

Describing the demonetisation initiative of Prime minister Narendra Modi in 2016 as a "political" and not an economic measure, Sinha said

- The idea was they will get this kind of money (Rs 3-4 lakh cores of black money)...but they did not. All the money has come back.

- The needs to solve the problem of non-performing assets of banks. Banks are now unable to lend and so private investment is not taking place.

- There are also Rs 15-20 lakh crore of pending schemes. He has to make sure all the projects are cleared as quickly as possible.

- Present central dispensation would be unable to meet the target of reining in fiscal deficit in the budget to 2.3 per cent of GDP.

- They are not releasing funds...they are not releasing funds to the states, other bodies, to members of Parliament. Students from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe background are not getting scholarships. But they will still miss the fiscal deficit target.

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Sinha also accused the government of "controlling and dressing up" statistical figures concerning growth, NPAs, and other areas to show the present rulers in a brighter light.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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