Parvasi |Radio |Parvasi TV |Punjabi Newspaper |Youtube |Business Pages

Presidential Election 2022: It is between bureaucrat-politician vs Tribal Dalit woman

The process to elect a new president began on June 15. The last date for filing of nominations is June 29. The polls will be held on July 18 and the counting on July 21.

New Delhi: The battle lines for the country’s highest post, the President, have been drawn. A bureaucrat turned politician Yashwant Sinha will cross swords with an Oriya Dalit woman Draupadi Murmu to decide who will occupy Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 25.

Interestingly after the Opposition parties, including  Congress, NCP, TMC, CPM, CPI, RSP, SP, NC, AIMIM, RJD, CPIML, AIUDF, and the DMK unanimously decided to field Yashwant Sinha for the country’s highest office, the ruling BJP at its parliamentary board meeting came out with the choice of Draupadi Murmu, who if elected will be the first Dalit woman from East to occupy Rashtrapati Bhavan.

JP Nadda, President of the BJP, who made the announcement at a Press Conference, said that names of 20-odd candidates were considered before it was decided to look East and preferably a Dalit woman for the post of President. There was complete unanimity over the choice of Draupadi Murmu.

According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India polling will be held on July 18. June 29 is the last date for filing of nominations.

The Electoral college for the Presidential election comprises members of both Houses of Parliament besides State Legislatures.

Draupadi Murmu, a tribal woman leader, has been in social work and politics for a long time. She was also the first woman to take oath as Governor of Jharkhand in 2015. She completed a full six-year term in the office.

She also remained a BJP legislator  for two consecutive terms. Besides, she also remained a minister in the Naveen Patnaik cabinet when the Biju Janata Dal or BJD ruled the state with the support of the BJP.

She started her political career as a councillor, later becoming the Vice-Chairperson of Rairangpur National Advisory Council or NAC.

In 2013, she became the  national executive member of the party’s ST Morcha.

An arts graduate from Rama Devi Women’s College, Bhubaneswar, she has spent almost two decades in politics and social service.

Yashwant Sinha, a former Union Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, was a civil servant before he quit the Indian Administrative Service and joined politics.

Yashwant Sinha had quit BJP some years ago after Narendra Modi assumed office of the Prime Minister. He had later joined TMC.

He sprang a surprise when he said he “must step aside” from the party to work for greater opposition unity.

Subsequently, his name was finalised  when  leaders of various Opposition parties, met at the Parliament annexe for the meeting convened by NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

Yashwant Sinha will file his nomination on June 27 at 11 am.

“In the forthcoming Presidential elections, we have decided to elect a common candidate and stop the Modi government from doing further damage. At a subsequent meeting held today we have chosen Yashwant Sinha as a common candidate. We appeal to all political parties to vote for Yashwant Sinha,” said Jairam Ramesh, Congress’s communication chief, reading from a joint statement by the opposition.

The joint statement appealed to the BJP and its allies to support the candidature of Mr Sinha so that the nation can have a “worthy Rashtrapati elected unopposed”.

A committee has been formed to steer Yashwant Sinha’s campaign.

“We regret that the Modi government made no serious effort to have consensus on a presidential candidate,” said Mr Ramesh.

Reading out the joint statement, he added that the unity of opposition parties forged for presidential polls will be further consolidated in the months ahead, indirectly hinting at the 2024 general elections.

Earlier in the day, Mr Sinha, a Trinamool leader, dropped the big hint about his candidature when he said he “must step aside” from the party to work for greater opposition unity.

Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah had earlier declined to run for President.

The process to elect a new president began on June 15. The last date for filing of nominations is June 29. The polls will be held on July 18 and the counting on July 21.

Prabhjot Singh

You might also like More from author

Comments are closed.