Trinamool Congress leader and former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha have sparked a buzz ahead of a meeting of opposition parties on Tuesday to discuss their joint candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, indicating in a tweet that his party chief Mamata Banerjee could now float his name as a possible nominee for the July elections.
Yashwant Sinha has said that he must “stand away” from the party to fight for more vital opposition unity.
“Mamataji, for the honor and dignity she conferred on me in the TMC, I am thankful. Now is the time for me to stand away from the party in order to strive for greater opposition unity for a wider national cause. I’m certain she approves of the move “He tweeted.
Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi became the third person to withdraw his name as a possible unified opposition presidential candidate, after Nationalist Congress Party chairman Sharad Pawar and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.
In 2018, Yashwant Sinha left the BJP before joining the Trinamool Congress in 2021.
Mr Sinha served in the NDA administration of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, first as Union Finance Minister and subsequently as External Affairs Minister.
On June 15, the process of electing a new president started. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 29. If required, the polls will be conducted on July 18, and the results will be announced in July.