President election: Yashwant Sinha to be opposition's joint candidate

Public Lokpal
June 21, 2022

President election: Yashwant Sinha to be opposition's joint candidate

New Delhi: Yashwant Sinha has been unanimously named the joint candidate of the opposition parties for the Presidential election. The opposition in a joint statement released on Tuesday afternoon made an appeal to BJP and its allies to support Yashwant Sinha "so we can have a worthy 'rashtrapati' elected unopposed".

The announcement was made after Sinha emerged as the consensus presidential candidate of 13 opposition parties, including the Congress, the TMC and the Samajwadi Party, which met in Delhi on Tuesday. The meeting took place at the Parliament annexe and was presided over by NCP chief Sharad Pawar. 

The meeting was attended by leaders of Congress, NCP, TMC, CPI, CPI-M,  Samajwadi Party, National Conference, AIMIM, RJD, AIUDF and others. Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh, TMC's Abhishek Banerjee, DMK's Tiruchi Siva, CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury and CPI's D Raja were among those who participated in the meeting. 

Five regional parties considered non aligned - TRS, BJD. AAP, SAD and YSRCP -- stayed away from today's meeting. These parties had also stayed away from the June 15 meeting convened by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that Yashwant Sinha is eminently qualified to uphold the secular and democratic fabric of India and regretted that the Modi government made no serious effort to have consensus on the presidential candidate.

"In the forthcoming Presidential elections, we have decided to elect a common candidate and stop the Modi government from doing further damage. At a subsequent meeting held today we have chosen Yashwant Sinha as a common candidate. We appeal to all political parties to vote for Yashwant Sinha," Ramesh said.

Sinha will file the nomination papers on June 27.