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Patna: Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, a vocal critic of Narendra Modi’s government at the Centre, on Saturday announced that he was quitting the BJP and party politics, and would now work on “saving democracy in the country”.

The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said he would not join any other political party.

“I am taking ‘sanyas’ from party politics,” he announced at a meeting here. “I am not going to be a member of any other political party,” Sinha added.

He said that he would launch a strong movement to “save democracy” in the country.

Earlier in January, the veteran leader had launched a ‘Rashtra Manch’ (national forum), a body, he said, for political leaders and others “concerned” with the prevailing situation in the country.

Sinha, the former minister in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet, has often criticised the incumbent government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a host of issues, including its economic policy and the recent judicial crisis.

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