Opposition’s presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha on Sunday made a special appeal to BJP leaders to vote for him, saying that he too once belonged to their party. Yashwant Sinha, a former Union minister, told BJP voters that by ensuing his election, they will have rendered a great service to the cause of saving the saffron party.
“This election is your last chance to introduce much-needed course correction in the BJP. By ensuring my election, you will have rendered a great service to the cause of saving the BJP and saving democracy in India,” Yashwant Sinha said in his letter.
Yashwant Sinha made an appeal to parliamentarians and legislators across the country to vote for him regardless of party affiliations, to help ‘save the Constitution, democracy, secularism and India’.
“I too once belonged to your party. However, I regret to say that the party that was once led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani is dead and gone. Under the present sole leader, it’s an altogether different and degraded party,” Sinha said in his letter.
My appeal to all members of the electoral college ahead of the Presidential election tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/27JVgwC8ZN
— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) July 17, 2022
“Under the present sole leader, it’s an altogether different —and degraded —party.I am sure most of you know the difference and lament it as much as I do. This election is your last chance to introduce much-needed course-correction in the BJP. By ensuring my election, you will have rendered a great service to the cause of saving the BJP and saving democracy in India,” Yashwant Sinha wrote in his letter.
Yashwant Sinha also hit out at NDA’s presidential choice Droupadi Murmu, saying if she is elected, she will become a ‘silent, pliant and rubber-stamp Rashtrapati’.
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YASHWANT SINHA HITS OUT AT DROUPADI MURMU
Sinha urged all the lawmakers and MPs to vote with the call of conscience in the election. He further said that he is overwhelmed with the support he has received from across the country and expressed his gratitude to the opposition parties who deemed him to be suitable for being their consensus candidate.
Launching a scathing attack on former Jharkhand governor, Droupadi Murmu said, “My ideology is the Constitution of India. My rival candidate represents those forces whose ideology and agenda, let’s make no mistake, is to change the Constitution. I stand for safeguarding India’s democratic system. My rival candidate is supported by those who are mounting daily attacks on democracy.”
“My rival candidate belongs to a party that has made no secret of its resolve to destroy this pillar and establish majoritarian supremacy. I stand for encouraging politics of consensus and cooperation. My rival is backed by a party that practices politics of confrontation and conflict. I stand for the Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and rights of every Indian citizen, without any discrimination. My rival is chosen by those who are violating this principle with impunity,” he said.
“I stand for protecting secularism, a Preambular pillar of our Constitution, which is best exemplified by India’s age-old Ganga-Jamuni heritage of unity in diversity,” Yashwant Sinha, a bureaucrat-turned-politician said.
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‘SILENT, RUBBER-STAMP RASHTRAPATI’
Yashwant Sinha slammed Droupadi Murmu and said throughout the campaign, she remained eloquently silent. Making his last appeal to the electoral college, he asked in his letter, “What kind of President does India deserve?”
“Indeed, throughout the campaign, she has remained eloquently silent, thereby giving advance notice that, if elected, she will become a silent, pliant and rubber-stamp Rashtrapati,” the former union minister said.
“What kind of President does India deserve? One who will protect the Constitution or one who will protect the Prime Minister,” he asked in his two-page letter.
“Therefore, I urge you, regardless of your party affiliations, to vote for me – ‘to Save the Constitution, to save democracy, to save secularism and to save India’,” he said.
“It was never the intention of the makers of the Constitution that the highest office of the Republic should be used for appeasement of any section of society. Much less did they envision the office of President to be subservient to that of an all-powerful Prime Minister,” he said.
The presidential election will be held on Monday and the results will be out on Thursday, July 21. The counting of votes, if done, will be held in Delhi.
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