Yashwant Sinha to quit TMC, says time to work for greater opposition unity | India News

NEW DELHI: Amid speculation that Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee might pitch his name as the joint opposition candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, party vice-president Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday announced that he will “step aside” from the TMC to work for the “greater opposition unity”.
Taking to social media in the morning, the former Union minister said he was “grateful to Mamataji for the honour and prestige” she bestowed on him in the TMC.
“Now a time has come when for a larger national cause I must step aside from the party to work for greater opposition unity. I am sure she approves of the step,” Sinha said in a tweet.
I am grateful to Mamataji for the honour and prestige she bestowed on me in the TMC. Now a time has come when for a… https://t.co/yo1LpXJv7A— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) 1655786708000
The development came on a day the opposition parties are set to meet in Delhi to decide on their joint candidate for the presidential polls scheduled on July 18, and on Monday, the Trinamool Congress had indicated it was ready to back party senior Sinha as the opposition’s presidential candidate if he emerged as a consensus choice.
Sources said the TMC and three other parties had informally discussed the former Union minister’s name, but the parties would like to wait for the Tuesday meeting before making their stand clear. Mamata had on June 15 said Trinamool will back any consensus opposition candidate.
(With inputs from agencies)

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