Yashwant Sinha’s Hint For President

Yashwant Sinha had quit the BJP in 2018 before joining Trinamool Congress in 2021.

New Delhi:

Ahead of a meeting of the opposition parties to discuss their joint candidate for the upcoming presidential elections on Tuesday, Trinamool Congress leader and former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha has set off a buzz, indicating in a tweet that his party chief Mamata Banerjee could now float his name as a probable nominee for the July elections.

Yashwant Sinha said he “must step aside” from the party to work for greater opposition unity.

“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,” he tweeted.

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, to withdraw his name as the probable joint opposition candidate for the presidential polls. 

Yashwant Sinha had quit the BJP in 2018 before joining Trinamool Congress in 2021.

Mr Sinha had served first as the Union Finance Minister and then as the External Affairs Minister in the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The process to elect a new president began on June 15. The last date for filing of nominations is June 29. The polls, if necessary, will be held on July 18 and the counting on July. 

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