Opposition did not get presidential candidate, chose former BJP leader: RSS leader

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Indresh Kumar said- The person who has been chosen by the opposition parties as their joint candidate for the presidential election, their roots are associated with BJP and Jana Sangh

New Delhi:

Senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar on Tuesday took a dig at the opposition parties over Yashwant Sinha’s nomination as the presidential candidate and said Sinha has been with the BJP in the past. Kumar said the opposition parties chose Sinha in a “haste” as he could not find any candidate from his camp.

“It would have been better had the government and the opposition parties reached a consensus for the (next) president of the country,” Kumar, a member of the RSS’s national executive, said in an audio message. But, the opposition parties have decided to field their joint candidate.

“The person whom they (opposition parties) have chosen as their joint candidate for the presidential election, their roots are associated with BJP, Jana Sangh,” he said.

Several major opposition parties, including the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, on Tuesday chose former Union minister Yashwant Sinha as their candidate for the presidential election.

Elections for the presidency are to be held on July 18. Leaders of opposition parties gathered at the Parliament House for a meeting called by NCP chief Sharad Pawar to decide on the candidate for the presidential election and a consensus was reached on Sinha’s name in the meeting.

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