The opposition parties have finally announced the name of their candidate for the upcoming presidential elections. Former union finance minister Yashwant Sinha has been declared as the united opposition’s candidate for the upcoming polls.
Yashwant Sinha, 84, belongs to Patna, Bihar. He recently joined the Trinamool Congress and has quit the party today before his name was announced, used to be in the BJP before that. He was a close aide of former PM Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and served as the finance minister of India under the PMship of Mr. Vajpayee.
Since the formation of the Modi government, Yashwant Sinha had been continuously slamming the government on various issues, despite his son Jayant Sinha being the MoS finance in the central government. Sinha has been a critic of the Modi government.
Yashwant Sinha has strong ties with Congress, along with TMC, and other opposition parties, majorly with the Janata Dal’s oldguards such as BDJ, JD(U), JD(S), SP and RJD. He even has good terms with BSP supremo Mayawati.
Now the opposition parties have unitedly fielded Mr. Yashwant Sinha as their candidate for the upcoming presidential polls. This is seen as a major step taken by the opposition in order to unite all the opposition parties. Though, as per the numbers, the NDA may have a slight edge, but if the entire opposition unites, it may turn out to be a hard battle.
On the other hand, the NDA hasn’t declared its candidate yet, but there are speculations of Deputy President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu to be announced as the NDA’s candidate for the upcoming presidential polls.