Flanked by top Opposition faces, Yashwant Sinha submits his nomination papers as Opposition Presidential candidate

New Delhi: The race to Raisina is  getting interesting day by day. Yashwant Sinha filed his nomination today as the joint opposition candidate for the post of President. NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, SP President Akhilesh Yadav, Left leader D. Raja, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah were also present with him to show opposition solidarity.

Sinha handed over four sets of nomination papers to Rajya Sabha Secretary General PC Modi, who is the returning officer for the presidential election. When former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha was filing his nomination, Rahul Gandhi was sitting on his right side and Sharad Pawar on the left. Both were in masks but Pawar looked worried. Actually, the coalition government of three parties in Maharashtra is in danger.

On the other hand, Akhilesh Yadav, who was seen wearing a red cap, was seen smiling even after the setback from the results of the by-elections that came a day earlier.

Presidential election is to be held on 18 July. Counting of votes will take place on July 21.

The term of current President Ram Nath Kovind ends on July 24. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh, DMK leader A Raja and several other opposition leaders were present in Sinha’s nomination today.

The opposition parties had declared Sinha as their common candidate on June 21. Earlier, NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu had filed her nomination on Friday last week.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has decided to extend its support to Yashwant Sinha, the United Opposition’s candidate in the presidential election. TRS working president K.T Rama Rao said, “TRS party has decided to support the candidature of Yashwant Sinha.”

The TRS chief’s decision comes days after he spoke to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar over phone and requested his support for Sinha’s candidature. Earlier, the TRS had distanced itself from a meeting called by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the national capital on June 15 to discuss the opposition’s strategy for the presidential election.

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