Yashwant Sinha to be Opposition nominee for President
The decision was made by the Opposition parties at a meeting in Delhi on Tuesday afternoon.
HYDERABAD: Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha has been nominated as the joint candidate for the upcoming Presidential Elections by the Opposition parties on Tuesday.
"We (opposition parties) have unanimously decided that Yashwant Sinha will be the common candidate of the Opposition for the Presidential elections," said Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.
The decision was made by the Opposition parties at a meeting in Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. It was announced just hours after Sinha tweeted that he was leaving the Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) for a 'larger national cause'.
The Opposition parties had a challenging time last week picking their Presidential candidate after NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, NC chief Farooq Abdullah and Mahatma Gandhi`s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi had turned down the offer. Leaders from 17 Opposition parties had participated in a meeting which was convened by TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee at the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi on June 15.
According to sources, the BJP would also be holding a meeting on Tuesday to decide on a Presidential candidate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to join the meeting virtually.