New Delhi: Presidential election will take place next month. Droupadi Murmu, the BJP-led NDA candidate, had already filed her nomination on June 25 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP’s top brass.
It is the turn of the opposition candidate, Yashwant Sinha, who is set to file his nomination today at around 11:30 am. Top opposition leaders such as TMC’s Mamata Banerjee, NCP’s Sharad Pawar, and Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh are likely to accompany him during the filing of the nomination paper.
Several other noted opposition leaders, including Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s (TRS) working president and Minister KT Rama Rao, are also expected to be present at the nomination programme.
Yashwant Sinha (84), was chosen unanimously as the opposition candidate for the upcoming presidential poll, which is scheduled to be held on July 18, 2022.
At his first campaign meeting on Wednesday at the NCP office, Sinha said a “rubber-stamp president” would not work in the country.
“I am grateful to all the political parties and leaders who have shown faith in me and their support.” I am jubilant that these parties have given me this opportunity in the presidential polls. This election is not an individual fight for me. The former Union minister said the country has been struggling with several issues on which the electoral college has to take a decision.
Sinha quit the Saffron Party in 2018 and joined the TMC last year. Mamata made him the vice president of the party.
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is in a catch-22 situation regarding the support of a candidate. NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu is a tribal candidate, so Jharkhand CM Heman Soren must think of supporting Droupadi Murmu. The final decision will be revealed after the discussions between Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren and Union home minister Amit Shah on Monday.