The caustic take from Sinha, who held finance and external affairs portfolios in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Chandra Shekhar governments, on the neglect of BJP veterans came at an industry event yesterday where he was asked about the difference between Narendra Modi and Manmohan Singh dispensations.

Sinha also targeted PM Modi over his pet 'Make in India' initiative, saying 'make India first' and the rest will follow. "I am among those brain dead," Sinha, whose son Jayant is Union Minister of State for Finance, said. The octogenarian leader from Jharkhand is among top BJP leaders like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who have been sulking after not been inducted into the Modi government.

Advani and Joshi have been made members of BJP's 'Margdarshak Mandal' to mentor the party. Joshi had recently targeted Modi's 'Namami Gange' project for cleaning the Ganga, claiming it will never be successful.

Recalling his days as Finance Minister to take a swipe at the 'Make in India' initiative, Sinha said he had lowered duty on heavy equipment used for building roads. That, he said, accelerated construction of highways and helped the economy.

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