Even as his reported comments gave fuel to the Congress to take on Prime minister Narendra Modi, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said his remarks were “misunderstood and misinterpreted”. The Congress, however, cashed in on it blaming the Prime Minister’s “not believing in dialogue” for the opposition-government face off in Parliament, while the BJP accused Congress of stalling key reform bills.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Prime Minister does not believe in dialogue. He likes one-way communication, be it with his organisation or with the media. Even inside Parliament, he does not believe in discussion…” senior Congress spokesman Anand Sharma told reporters on Sunday. He went on to allege that his “arrogance and obstinacy are responsible for the situation of confrontation between the government and the opposition” and that he had not made any effort to usher in an atmosphere of constructive cooperation.Sharma, deputy leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, criticised Modi’s style of functioning in response to questions on Sinha’s reported comments at a conference in Goa on Saturday, which seemed to be targeting Modi without naming him. Sinha, however, denied making any reference to the Prime Minister and said the reference to emergency had nothing to do with the Modi government. “It is complete misinterpretation. Anyone who has reported this, has completely misunderstood what I have said,” he said, a day later. Sinha is one of the four BJP veterans who have questioned the party leadership’s style of functioning, particularly after the Bilhar election. Meanwhile his son Jayant Sinha, who is a minister in the Modi government, tweeted that he had spoken to Yashwant Sinha and that the news agency story “completely misquotes him”.During a discussion at the ‘Difficult Dialogues’ conference in Dona Paula, Sinha when asked about the present day culture of “I, me, myself” said elected representatives including to Parliament and Assemblies have to go back to the people who elect them. He referred to the Emergency of 1975 and the outcome of the “most concerted effort in our country to still the voice of dissent”.Further, he said “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 was reported to have said.Meanwhile, BJP retaliated to the Congress saying it was creating hurdles in path of development and key reform bills. “Where on one hand world leaders are lauding PM’s leadership and India’s growth story, Congress leaders are playing politics of lies and deceit for petty selfish gains,” spokesperson Shrikant Sharma said.

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Yashwant Sinha says his remarks on PM Modi ‘misinterpreted’