New Delhi: Meeting after meeting and marathon discussions took place by the opposition parties to present the joint candidate for the next presidential elections to be held next month. The opposition parties are expected to discuss their joint candidate names on Tuesday.
The name of Trinamool Congress leader and former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha has been floating. As TMC prepares to announce his candidacy for the July polls.
Yashwant Sinha said he “must step aside” from the party to work for greater opposition unity.
Sources said that Mr Sinha has sent his resignation to Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee.
Yashwant Sinha thanked Mamata for the honour and prestige she has bestowed on me in the party. He further added that now the time has come to come forward for the national interest. I must step aside from the party to start work to unite the opposition. “I am sure she approves of the step,” he tweeted.
I am grateful to Mamataji for the honour and prestige she bestowed on me in the TMC. Now a time has come when for a larger national cause I must step aside from the party to work for greater opposition unity. I am sure she approves of the step.
— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) June 21, 2022
Earlier, former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Monday became the third person, after Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, who turned down the offer of a probable opposition candidate in the forthcoming presidential polls.
The name of Yashwant Sinha was discussed by the opposition parties on Monday after Gopalkrishna Gandhi rejected the opposition’s offer.
Yashwant Sinha left the BJP in 2018 and joined the TMC in 2021. Mamata made him the party’s vice president.