Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), will go to Delhi today to support Yashwant Sinha, the opposing candidate for president, as he files his candidacy on June 27.
Earlier on Friday, Sinha made a pledge that if he wins the election, he will speak out in favour of all marginalised groups in society, including farmers, workers, young people without jobs, women, and jobless people.
In a letter to opposition parties on Friday, Sinha expressed his gratitude for their unanimous selection of him as their shared presidential candidate and gave them his assurance that he would steadfastly follow the fundamental principles and guiding ideals of the Constitution without fear or favour.
Sinha was announced as the opposition’s unifying candidate for the presidency on June 21. Jairam Ramesh, the head of the Congress, announced during a meeting that he was the opposition’s choice for president.
The declaration comes soon after Sinha gave some hints that he had agreed to a proposition from some opposition leaders to run as their presidential candidate.
Sinha joined the TMC last year after leaving the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2018. Later, the party chose him to serve as vice president.
However, the vote counting, if necessary, will take place on July 21 following the election for the position of President of India, which is set for July 18.