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Yashwant Sinha: Ex-IAS, former minister, BJP rebel, now Opposition joint candidate for President

Yashwant Sinha: Ex-IAS, former minister, BJP rebel, now Opposition joint candidate for President

While the NDA is not expected to face more than a few hiccups in the polls, Yashwant Sinha's candidature carries huge symbolism for both his former party as well as the Opposition, that is looking for a moral stand against the Modi government.


Announcing Yashwant Sinha‘s induction into the BJP at a press conference in 1993, senior leader L K Advani had described it as a “Diwali gift” for the party. The former bureaucrat has travelled a long distance since, as has the party which he joined and where he thrived for a long time.

Nurtured by Advani, picked to head the prestigious Finance and External Affairs Ministries in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government of 1999 to 2004, Sinha who has reshaped his political profile since leaving the BJP under Narendra Modi has now emerged as the Opposition’s consensus candidate for the presidential elections.

While the NDA is not expected to face more than a few hiccups in the polls, Sinha’s candidature carries huge symbolism for both his former party as well as the Opposition, that is looking for a moral stand against the Modi government.



Announcing his resignation from the Trinamool Congress Tuesday, Sinha tweeted: “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.”

https://indianexpress.com/article/political-pulse/yashwant-sinha-opposition-presidential-elections-candidate-tmc-profile-7982260/


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