A rainbow coalition of best values, says Oppn as Yashwant Sinha files papers for Prez polls

Updated on Jun 27, 2022 04:12 PM IST

Yashwant Sinha filed his nomination three days after Murmu. On June 24, he reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Rajnath Singh, seeking their support for his candidature.

Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha (right) with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (left) during the filing of his nomination papers for presidential election, at Parliament House, on June 27, 2022. (PTI)
Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha (right) with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (left) during the filing of his nomination papers for presidential election, at Parliament House, on June 27, 2022. (PTI)
By | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Opposition leaders, who accompanied Yashwant Sinha on his way to filing nomination papers for the upcoming Presidential elections, said on Monday that this current contest is between two ideologies and not about individuals.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi pointed towards the entire group of leaders who stood with Sinha to state that his candidature is supported by the entire Opposition.

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“All opposition parties unitedly supported Yashwant Sinha. Of course, we support the individual but the real fight is between two ideologies. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) ideology of anger and hatred and the other ideology of compassion of all Opposition parties standing together,” Gandhi told reporters.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Saugata Roy said Sinha, his former party colleague, is the best Presidential candidate having spent a long time in the bureaucracy besides being a former Union minister.

"It is not a fight between two individuals only, it is a fight between two ideologies - between communalism and secularism and authoritarianism versus democracy. And I think under the circumstances, Sinha is the best candidate," Roy added.

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"On a person-to-person basis, Sinha is far better. All Opposition parties are fully supporting him. The Congress, DMK, socialist parties and Left parties are supporting him. I think it is a rainbow-coloured coalition of best values," he further said.

CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury, who was also present during the nomination filing process, said that he respected National Democratic Alliance's (NDA's) candidate Droupadi Murmu, but the contest is about ideologies.

Sinha filed his nomination three days after Murmu. On June 24, he reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Rajnath Singh, seeking their support for his candidature.

Sinha also reached out to veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani and Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.

Meanwhile, the Centre accorded a Z category security cover of armed Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandos to Sinha, as he is expected to travel across India after filing the nomination. Murmu has been accorded a Z+ security cover.

The Presidential polls will be held on July 18 and the results will be out by July 21. President Ram Nath Kovind's term will end on July 24.

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