India: 13 Opposition Parties Agree on Yashwant Sinha as Candidate for Presidential Polls

13 Opposition Parties Agree on Yashwant Sinha as Candidate for Presidential Polls

Yashwant Sinha Emerges As Possible Oppn Candidate After Pawar, Gandhi, Abdullah’s Exit

Yashwant Sinha, who is currently the co-president of the Trinamool Congress, is likely to be fielded in the Presidential election by the party, a senior Trinamool Congress leader said on Monday. The name of the former BJP leader who joined the TMC last year has been proposed as a presidential poll candidate by a couple of opposition parties and three to four have backed it, he said.

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee got calls and she is additionally pitching for Sinha as the joint opposition nominee, he said.

Prior, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi were proposed however every one of them declined the request.

Sinha is a TMC leader now. Thus, we need no disarray that the proposal has gone from us. At this point, three to four parties have settled on his name. Presently let others choose, the senior TMC leader said.

Sinha’s name will be examined at a meeting of significant opposition parties met by NCP chief Sharad Pawar in New Delhi to build a consensus on fielding a joint candidate against the BJP-drove NDA on Tuesday.

TMC public general secretary and MP Abhishek Banerjee will address his party at the meeting.

Mamata Banerjee had assembled such a conference of 22 non-BJP parties last week in the public capital. Seventeen of them attended it.

Banerjee proposed Pawar, Abdullah and Gandhi as conceivable joint opposition candidate in the presidential election yet they didn’t acknowledge the request. Sinha’s name surfaced from that point.

Sinha had served as Union Finance minister twice- once in the Chandra Sekhar cabinet in 1990 and afterward again in the Vajpayee ministry. He likewise held the arrangement of the External Affairs service in the Vajpayee cabinet.

Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha has emerged as the consensus presidential candidate of 13 opposition parties, including the Congress, the TMC and the Samajwadi Party, which met here on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

“We (opposition parties) have unanimously decided that Yashwant Sinha will be the common candidate of the Opposition for the Presidential elections,” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, according to ANI.

In the joint statement, the parties also appealed to the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies to support Sinha as president so he can be elected unopposed. Sinha was a senior leader and later frequent critic of BJP till he quit in 2018.

Opposition leaders, who gathered at the Parliament annexe for the meeting convened by NCP chief Sharad Pawar to decide on a consensus candidate for the presidential election, agreed on Sinha’s name.

Sinha’s name came up after Pawar, Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Farooq Abdullah opted out of the race.

The parties that attended the meeting include the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Samajwadi Party, National Conference, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Rashtriya Janata Dal and All India United Democratic Front.

Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh, TMC’s Abhishek Banerjee, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s Tiruchi Siva, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury and CPI’s D. Raja were among those who participated in the meeting.

Banerjee has tweeted congratulations to Sinha, who earlier announced that he would leave the TMC — which he joined in March last year — to take on his role as candidate for the presidential polls.

Five regional parties considered non aligned — Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Biju Janata Dal, Aam Aadmi Party, Shiromani Akali Dal and Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party — stayed away from Tuesday’s meeting.

These parties had also stayed away from the June 15 meeting convened by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Voting for the presidential election is to begin on July 18, while the results will be announced on July 21.

Source: The Wire

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