New Delhi Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha will be the Opposition’s unanimous candidate for the presidency. Yashwant Sinha’s name was unanimously sealed at a meeting in Delhi on Tuesday. Yashwant Sinha will file his nomination papers on June 27.
Yashwant Sinha was officially nominated by Trinamool Congress in a meeting convened by NCP president Sharad Pawar and was backed by 19 opposition parties, including the Congress. In a meeting held on June 15, Pawar and later National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah had rejected his candidature. Therefore, the name of Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopal Krishna Gandhi was suggested by the Trinamool Congress. However, his refusal also created a dilemma for the opposition.
After discussions between Sharad Pawar and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge with the Leader of the Opposition, the name of Yashwant Sinha was agreed upon. However, some parties had taken the condition that the candidate should not be a member of any political party. Therefore, Yashwant Sinha resigned from the Trinamool Congress on Tuesday. Yashwant Sinha tweeted that it is necessary to work away from the party for the national interest.
After the meeting, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh announced Yashwant Sinha’s name. “Democracy and social cohesion have been undermined by the Modi government’s policies and the Opposition has decided to field a joint candidate for the presidency to avert further damage to the country,” he said. June 29 is the last day for filing nominations. Voting for the presidency will take place on July 18 and results will be announced on July 21.
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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government had Yashwant Sinha as finance minister and foreign minister. After serving as an administrative officer for 24 years, he resigned from the central service in 1984 and entered active politics. V. P. Sinha was the general secretary of the Janata Dal led by Singh. Sinha became the first Union Finance Minister in Chandrasekhar’s cabinet. Then in 1996 Sinha became the spokesperson of BJP. In 1998, Vajpayee became the Finance Minister in the government. When the Modi government was formed at the Center in 2014, Sinha did not get a place in the cabinet. After that, Sinha’s opposition to Modi grew and eventually he had to leave the BJP. Sinha joined the Trinamool Congress in 2021, being the party’s vice president.