AAP announces support for Yashwant Sinha in presidential polls
- AAP said it will support the Opposition’s consensus candidate
- The party said it respects Droupadi Murmu but will support Sinha
- India’s 2022 presidential polls will be between Droupadi Murmu and Yashwant Sinha
Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in power in Delhi and Punjab, has decided to support Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in the upcoming presidential polls. The announcement was made by Sanjay Singh, the party’s Rajya Sabha MP.
Sanjay Singh said, “We have respect for (NDA candidate) Droupadi Murmu but we will support Yashwant Sinhaji.” The announcement was made following an AAP political advisory committee meeting. Currently, the Aam Aadmi Party is the only political party in the country to have governments in two states with the exception of the Congress and the BJP. AAP has 10 Rajya Sabha MPs from the two states, including three from Delhi.
In terms of people in legislative assemblies, AAP has 92 MLAs in Punjab, 62 in Delhi and two in Goa, making a total of 156 MLAs.
Yashwant Sinha, a former bureaucrat-turned-politician who was with the BJP for a long time before breaking ranks and joining Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) is the opposition’s consensus candidate.
Sinha’s nomination as the opposition’s presidential candidate came after the nomination was rejected by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah.
India’s presidential election contest will be between Yashwant Sinha and BJP’s candidate Droupadi Murmu. Murmu, a tribal leader from Odisha, rose through the ranks from being a councillor to the only governor of Jharkhand to be able to successfully complete a full term. As the numbers stack up, Murmu seems to be headed for a win. If that happens, India is going to have its first Adivasi president of India.
The presidential polls will be conducted on Monday, July 18 and votes will be counted on July 21. Murmu, already bolstered by the BJP behemoth, has the support of several regional parties, including Odisha’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Andhra Pradesh’s YSR Congress, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Punjab’s Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Shiv Sena.