Jayant Sinha on father Yashwant’s presidential bid: Don’t turn this into a family matter
- Yashwant Sinha is the opposition’s presidential nominee
- Yashwant’s son Jayant Sinha responded to his father’s nomination
- Yashwant Sinha was a minister in Vajpayee’s government
Yashwant Sinha may be a united opposition’s presidential nominee, but for his son Jayant, party loyalty comes first. The 59-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP has made it clear that he is a BJP ‘karyakarta’ and that he will fulfil his constitutional responsibilities. Jayant Sinha’s statement on Twitter came after a united opposition announced Yashwant Sinha as its presidential candidate in the upcoming polls. Yashwant, a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, will be up against Draupadi Murmu, former governor of Jharkhand, a Santhal woman from Odisha.
In his tweet on father Yashwant Sinha’s nomination as presidential candidate, Jayant Sinha wrote in Hindi: “The opposition has made my honourable father Shri Yashwant Sinha a presidential candidate. I appeal to you to not turn this into a family matter. I am a @BJP4India worker and legislator. I will fulfil my constitutional responsibilities to the fullest.” The tweet also contained a video message from the Hazaribagh legislator.
Jayant Sinha and his father Yashwant have been on opposing sides of the political spectrum since Yashwant Sinha quit the BJP alleging that the Narendra Modi-led government was undermining democratic institutions.
Yashwant Sinha had served as a union minister in Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government.
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Fissures in the Sinha household became apparent after Yashwant Sinha slammed his son for garlanding seven lynching accused. Jayant later clarified that he was not in support of vigilantism but only sought justice for the innocent.
The 84-year-old Yashwant Sinha was picked as the opposition’s consensus candidate for the presidential polls after three other leaders refused to contest. Mamata Banerjee who has been attempting to create a consensus candidate for the opposition had first proposed the name of Sharad Pawar as presidential nominee.
After Pawar refused, the next names proposed were that of Farooq Abdullah and Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Both of them refused to become presidential nominees. The opposition then struck upon the name of Yashwant Sinha who had recently joined the Trinamool Congress.