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Yashwant Sinha quits TMC, to be opposition's face for President

Amid Presidential poll buzz Yashwant Sinha has quit from TMC hinted at ‘larger national cause’Premium
Amid Presidential poll buzz Yashwant Sinha has quit from TMC hinted at ‘larger national cause’

  • Amidst buzz over the Presidential election, Yashwant Sinha has resigned from TMC and hinted at stepping aside from the party to work for ‘greater opposition unity’
  • At the opposition meet to decide on a name, the leaders have unanimously picked Yashwant Sinha as their Presidential candidate

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As President Ramnath Kovind's term nears an end political parties have got busy with the race to Rashtrapati Bhawan. Both the ruling alliance and the opposition is in a huddle to decide who their Presidential candidate would be. Even as BJP has maintained silence over the issue s Opposition has picked up Yashwant Sinha after facing three rejections.

Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi haddeclined the offer on Monday days after NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah turned down similar proposals. But now a new name seems to be emerging ahead of opposition's meet today and Yashwant Sinha's cryptic tweet maybe an indication.

Former NDA Minister who recently joined TMC tweeted today morning, indicating an end of his tenure with the party, “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."

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar has called the crucial meeting to finalise candidate's name and it is being assumed that Sinha's name can be discussed.

The Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM will attend the opposition meeting called by NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, however, Mamta is expected to skip the meet and will be represented by her kin Abhishek Banerjee, to discuss the candidate for the presidential election.

Days after the Opposition's meeting to mull strategy for the presidential poll, Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday held a key meet to brainstorm on the upcoming election slated to be held on July 18. According to report, in the meeting that went on for almost an hour, the elections were discussed in detail and a big announcement is likely to be made soon.

Kovind's tenure as President will end on July 24 and his successor will assume office the next day

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