Pledge to follow Jayaprakash Narayan's values: Yashwant Sinha

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Saturday said whenever social upheaval has arisen, great people have emerged to restore peace and prosperity and Jayaprakash Narayan was one such stalwart.

PTI| Updated: Oct 11, 2014, 15:15 PM IST

Ranchi: Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Saturday said whenever social upheaval has arisen, great people have emerged to restore peace and prosperity and Jayaprakash Narayan was one such stalwart.

"Whenever crisis hits society, a supreme personality emerges to deal with it. And Jayaprakash Narayan was like that supreme personality," the former external affairs minister said here.

"But again things become the same after some days after the restoration, because evil dominates human nature. We have to take a pledge that we will tread the path shown by JP, who dedicated his life for values," he said.

"Jayaprakash Narayan never asked anything for himself. He did not accept any position. How many people are there to follow his footsteps?" Sinha asked.

He was addressing a gathering on the occasion of JP's birth anniversary jointly organised by 74 Chetna Manch and JP Vichar Manch, the two organisations formed by Jayaprakash Narayan's followers who went to jail during Emergency.

On the occasion, the two organisations among others demanded a strong Lokpal that should also cover the post of chief minister. 

Former Jharkhand Assembly Speaker Chandreshwar Prasad Singh claimed "power changes hands but the system remains the same".

The Ranchi MLA cited examples saying how regimes led by RJD's Lalu Prasad and JD(U)'s Nitish Kumar in Bihar did not change the system.

Referring to economic disparity in the society, Singh quoted an example saying, "The poor run miles to eke out a living while the rich run miles to digest the food eaten overnight."

He supported the demand for installing JP's statute in Ranchi and exhorted to follow JP's ideals to usher in values in the society.