18 Jul 2022

'It's a secret ballot': Yashwant Sinha's challenge to the presidential election

As voting for the presidential election began this morning, Yashwant Sinha, the opposition presidential candidate, called on all political parties to vote for him in the race to become the country's next president.
"This election will set the course for democracy in the country whether it survives or not. I hope all political parties will vote in my favor to save democracy and protect the constitution," Yashwant Sinha said.

He urged MPs and lawmakers across the country to listen to their "inner voice" and support him. "This is a secret ballot. I appeal to all MPs and MLAs to use their discretion and vote for me," he said.

Mr. Sinha is pitted against NDA's Droupadi Murmu's presidential choice in the presidential election. The votes will be counted on July 21 and the new president will be sworn in on July 25.

"I am not only fighting a political battle but I am also fighting against government agencies. They have become too powerful and there is also a money game involved," Sinha said.

On Sunday, Yashwant Sinha posted a statement on Twitter urging legislators to support him in the crucial election. He said he stands for the protection of Indian democracy while Droupadi Murmu is "supported by those who attack democracy on a daily basis".

"I stand for the protection of secularism, the preambular pillar of our constitution. My rival candidate belongs to a party that has made no secret of its determination to destroy this pillar and establish majority rule," the statement said.

"I stand for supporting the politics of consensus and cooperation. My rival candidate is supported by a party that practices the politics of conflict and confrontation," it added.

Mr. Sinha reiterated that the presidential election is not about two candidates but a battle of two ideologies.

Yashwant Sinha, a former bureaucrat and union minister during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, has been named as the joint candidate for the June 21 presidential election.

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