Yashwant Sinha calls son ‘Nalayak’ for garlanding lynching convicts

NEW DELHI: Former Union minister and former senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha expressed his disapproval on his son’s action of  welcoming and felicitating eight men convicted of lynching a Muslim man in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh.

Yashwant Sinha, who resigned from the party recently, said he did not approve of his son Jayant Sinha’s action.

“Earlier, I was the Nalayak Baap of a Layak Beta. Now the roles are reversed. That is twitter. I do not approve of my son’s action. But I know even this will lead to further abuse. You can never win,” he said in a tweet on Saturday.

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For those unversed,  a fast track court in March this year, sentenced the 11 convicts to life imprisonment for lynching a 55-year-old Muslim trader, Alimuddin alias Asgar Ali. However, the Jharkhand High Court on June 29 suspended the life sentence of eight persons and them granted bail.

Expressing happiness over their release from prison, Jayant, a  Minister of State for Civil Aviation in the Modi government on Friday garlanded them and offered them sweets.

However, photographs of Jayant felicitating eight convicts widely circulated on social media platforms and drew flak for the “despicable” act.