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“My Rival Will Be…” Yashwant Sinha’s Appeal Ahead Of Presidential Polls

New Delhi: Yashwant Sinha, the joint opposition presidential candidate, on Sunday made a final appeal to all political parties to vote for him in tomorrow’s election, in which he is pitted against NDA’s presidential pick Droupadi Murmu.

Yashwant Sinha in his statement reiterated that the presidential election is not about the two candidates, but it’s a contest between two ideologies.

Mr Sinha said he stands for safeguarding India’s democracy, while Droupadi Murmu is “supported by those who are mounting daily attacks on democracy.”

“I stand for protecting secularism, a preambular pillar of our Constitution. My rival candidate belongs to a party that has made no secret of its resolve to destroy this pillar and establish majoritarian supremacy,” the statement said.

“I stand for encouraging politics of consensus and cooperation. My rival candidate is backed by a party that practices politics of conflict and confrontation,” it added.

In an apparent reference to the BJP, Mr Sinha said that Ms Murmu, if chosen as the next president of India, will be under the control of those “whose aim is to convert democratic India into an imitator of communist China.”

“One Nation, One Party, One Supreme Leader. Must this not be stopped? yes, it must be. Only you can stop it,” Mr Sinha said in the statement

On Saturday, he shared a video on Twitter and urged all MLAs and MPs to vote according to their conscience.

Yashwant Sinha, a bureaucrat-turned-politician, had held important portfolios such as Minister for External Affairs and Finance in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

The presidential election will be held on Monday and the counting is on Thursday.

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