Next polls would throw a decisive mandate: Sinha
Washington: Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has exuded confidence that the next general elections would throw a decisive mandate resulting in the formation of a strong government at the center.
"Elections were held earlier this year in India for five states. The one major trend that emerged was the movement from fractured verdicts to a clear mandate in favor of a strong political party," Sinha said in his address to the Brookings Institute here yesterday.
"I am confident that two years later, when more than 700 million voters, most of them below the age of thirty, go to the polls, we will see a decisive verdict," he said.
"This will lead to the formation of a strong government in Delhi that can take the necessary difficult decisions in the area of both economic policy as well as foreign policy."
Sinha, former external affairs minister, said there are many in India and outside who are raising doubts about the India's growth story.
"I do not agree with these naysayers. The India growth story has been largely based on domestic savings and domestic demand. Both can be easily accelerated to take us back on the growth path again," he said.
"I remain sanguine about the future of India and its place in the world as a large market economy and an important and responsible democracy," he said.
Sinha said the nuclear deal between India and the US did divide public opinion in both countries but it is a done deed now. "Much will depend on how we implement the deal in future and show sensitivity for each other's concerns."
Sinha said it is one of the mysteries of history that when India became independent and charted its course as a sovereign nation, it embraced democracy and chose competition as a way of life in all areas except in the economic field where it chose the license-permit-quota raj and the dominance of the State as its guiding principles which effectively killed competition.
"Similarly, it is a mystery of history that two of the largest democracies of the world, namely India and the US, could not and did not quite get along with each other for over four decades after India became independent. It was only towards the fag end of the last century and the beginning of the present one that we saw the virtue of a new approach of building on our commonalities and minimising our differences," he said.