On Tuesday, various opposition groups, including the Congress, NCP, TMC, CPI, CPI-M, Samajwadi Party, National Conference, AIMIM, RJD, and AIUDF, united around former Union minister Yashwant Sinha as their consensus presidential candidate.
Sinha’s name was unanimously chosen by opposition leaders assembled in the Parliament annex to select a consensus candidate for the presidential election.
After the conference, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh announced in a joint statement, “We are pleased to announce that we have unanimously chosen Yashwant Sinha as the consensus candidate of the opposition parties for the 18 July 2022 presidential election.”
Here are some facts about Yashwant Sinha, the united opposition candidate in the presidential election:
1) Former Indian administrator Yashwant Sinha was born in Patna on November 6, 1937. In 1958, he earned a master’s degree in political science. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960. (IAS).
2) In 1984, he resigned from the IAS and became an ardent member of the Janata Party. In 1986, he was appointed All-India General Secretary of the party, and in 1988, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha.
3) He served as finance minister in Chandra Shekhar’s Cabinet from November 1990 to June 1991.
4) From 1992 to 2018, he was a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). From July 2002 until May 2004, he served as the external affairs minister in the administration of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
5) Sinha is widely regarded with enacting a number of significant reforms that put the Indian economy on a solid development trajectory. Among them are the reduction of real interest rates, the introduction of a tax break for mortgage interest, the liberation of the telecommunications industry, the funding of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the deregulation of the petroleum business.
6) Sinha is an outspoken critic of the Modi administration. In 2018, his disagreement with the Modi administration and BJP on a number of issues led to his resignation from the party.
7) He joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in 2021 and was appointed national vice president of the organisation.
8) Sinha, together with other BJP opponents former Union minister Arun Shourie and Supreme Court attorney Prashant Bhushan, filed a plea with the apex court demanding a reconsideration of its clean chit for the Modi administration in the Rafale affair. The supreme court denied all applications for review.
In 2015, he was awarded France’s highest civilian honour, Officier of la Légion d’Honneur.
10) The BJP-led government National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has not yet announced its candidate for the July 18 presidential election. The vote count will take place on July 21.