Family Vs Party: Opposition nominates BJP MP Jayant Sinha’s father to race for Presidential polls

22 June, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

BJP MP Jayant Sinha's father, former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, has been named the joint Opposition's presidential candidate

The upcoming presidential election appears to be a family affair rather than a party commitment for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Jayant Sinha, as his father, former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, has been named the joint Opposition’s presidential candidate, pitting him against the BJP’s Draupadi Murmu.

“My heartfelt congratulations to Draupadi Murmu ji on her selection as the NDA’s presidential candidate. Her entire life has been devoted to the tribal community and impoverished welfare. I appreciate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President JP Nadda for this decision,” Sinha stated in a Twitter post.

He further stated “Opposition has nominated my father, Yashwant Sinha ji, as a presidential candidate. I ask that none of you make it a family matter. I am a BJP worker and a legislator. I will fulfill my Constitutional obligation.”

Former Union Minister and Trinamool Congress vice president Yashwant Sinha has been named as the Joint Opposition’s consensus candidate for the next presidential elections on July 18, 2022. On Tuesday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chairman Sharad Pawar said that he will file his nomination on June 27.

Meanwhile, Droupadi Murmu, the presidential candidate of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), is expected to register her nomination on June 25, according to sources on Tuesday. The deadline for registering presidential nominations is June 29, polling will take place on July 18, and ballots will be tabulated on July 21.

Former BJP politician Yashwant Sinha joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections in March 2021. Sinha, a former IAS officer, was the Union Minister of Finance and External Affairs in Prime Minister Atal  Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet.

Droupadi Murmu, a tribal woman leader, has been named the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s presidential candidate. She is the NDA’s choice to replace Yashwant Sinha, the former Governor of Jharkhand and a former Odisha minister. If she is elected, she will be India’s first tribal President and the country’s second female President.