New Delhi, 26 June
Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha on Sunday said the July 18 presidential election is more than a personal contest and a step towards countering the authoritarian tendencies of the government.
In an interview to PTI, Sinha said he was not in any “religion crisis” for not getting the support of his son and BJP MP Jayant Sinha. “…he follows his ‘Raj Dharma’, I will follow my ‘Rashtra Dharma’,” he said.
“This election is more than just the election of the President of India. This election is a step towards opposing the authoritarian policies of the government. This election is a message to the people of India that these policies should be opposed.
On the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominating a tribal leader Draupadi Murmu for the presidential election, the former Union minister said that raising an individual does not ensure the upliftment of the entire community and Murmu’s BJP The launch is nothing more than this. compared to political symbolism.
“From my long experience of public life, (I can say) the upliftment of an individual does not uplift the entire community. The upliftment of the entire community depends on the policies adopted by the government. Without further commenting on this, I would say That there are many such instances in our own history where the upliftment of an individual in a community has not helped pull that community up an inch. It is more symbolic and nothing more,” he said.
Sinha said the contest is bigger than his individual battle and we will not see the light at the end of the tunnel until people wake up and the entire system is reformed.
“Our democracy, our Constitution is in danger and all the values of freedom struggle are in danger… So India is in danger and they have to stand up to defend India,” he said. Only when the political system starts to fail.
“Today the politics of our country is plagued with so many weaknesses that people are being forced to take to the streets. Things should not be like this in a democracy.
Noting that Rashtrapati Bhavan needed more than a “rubber stamp”, he recalled how such presidents had behaved on a few occasions in the past.
“So it would be a catastrophe if we had another rubber stamp in Rashtrapati Bhavan,” he said.
Sinha, who was part of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA cabinet, said if elected, he would immediately end the “misuse” of government agencies to target political opponents and ensure that justice and fairness prevail. are.
Sinha will file his nomination papers on Monday. Several opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Sitaram Yechury, Sharad Pawar and Mamata Banerjee are expected to accompany him.
With the numbers clearly in favor of the NDA candidate, Sinha claimed that he would get the support of some “invisible forces” between now and the date of voting and added that there was no question of withdrawing from the contest.
“I personally feel that something will happen between now and July 18 that will go in my favour. I will get support from ‘Avishya Shaktis’ (invisible forces),” he said.
Asked if he was considering withdrawing from the race, he said, “Absolutely not. The word withdraw doesn’t exist in my lexicon.”
“…when you go into an ideological battle, the numbers become less important. And just for fear of losing, I don’t think any serious fighter should withdraw from the fight,” he said.
Sinha said there was no rift between the opposition parties. With so many opposition parties coming together to name their joint consensus candidate, this is a good start for the opposition to move on.
Sinha will start his campaign from June 28 and is likely to start from Chennai in Tamil Nadu. He will cover the southern states of Kerala and Karnataka in the first round before moving north.
When asked about his message to the Electoral College, he said, “We have talked about the current situation in the country and the very unpleasant incidents that have happened in the last eight years… how democracy has diminished and democratic institutions have eroded.” How has it been compromised and there seems to be no resistance to the raging state.” “There has never been such an open misuse of the government’s investigative agencies for political purposes like today…” he said, claiming that there is not a single case against any BJP leader like all are in favor of the corrupt opposition. are and there is none. BJP’s corrupt
He said that the way Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are being treated is eye opener.
Sinha referred to the inquiry conducted by the investigating agencies at his residence in the hawala case and said that the matter did not stand in court later.
“We felt even at that time that the cases were politically motivated. But, today there is no other way but to believe that these are political matters. Surprisingly, no cases come to the fore and we forget them after a while.
“It has become a political tool. I have no hesitation in saying that many people who are jumping to the other side (of politics) are really scared of CBI, ED. Maybe they have been threatened…,” he said.
Sinha has already approached several opposition parties and the BJP seeking their support.
“My victory… will not only take me to Rashtrapati Bhavan, but it will put an end to this mischievous act of the government. I want to assure all those who are afraid of the government because of ED, CBI etc. They should only be on 18th July. Will have to wait till and if I win immediately then everything will be over and fairness and justice will prevail,” he insisted.