New Delhi: Amid various opposition leaders in attendance, Yashwant Sinha, the consolidated President nominee for the opposition filed his candidacy today. Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi who termed the polls a “battle of ideologies”, was accompanied at the venue by NCP chief Sharad Pawar
Opposition representatives that were in attendance included Telangana Minister and TRS leader KT Rama Rao, Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee, Jammu & Kashmir National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, RLD leader Jayant Sinha, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, DMK leader A Raja, and CPI’s D Raja.
Other officials included Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Misa Bharti, Indian Union Muslim League’s Mohammed Bashir and NK Premchandran from the Revolutionary Socialist Party.
The odds for the opposition look flimsy as two powerful opposition parties pledged their allegiance to Draupadi Murmu, the presidential candidate from the ruling camp, Mayawati’s BSP and BJD from Odisha.
However, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Jharkand Mukti Morcha did not send representatives to express support for the opposition.
At the meeting of opposition on June 21, Mr. Sinha, the former bureaucrat, submitted his nomination. Sinha has served as a Legislator and a union minister with the Atal Bihari Vajpayee authority.
The K Chandrashekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), that formerly expressed problems about the selection process and sharing stage with the Congress, today showed up to extend support to Sinha.
Mr. Sinha handed over his nomination to the presiding officer for the presidential race, CP Mody, the present Rajya Sabha Secretary.
The fate of the support projected today for Sinha is yet to be a solid sign for victory as the odds are heavily stacked in favour for the BJP backed President nominee Draupadi Murmu.
The ruling party that currently has 49% of the electoral college on its hand will not struggle to swim through to a 50% on judgement day.
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