Yashwant praises Murmu: ‘I hope she will function as the guardian of the Constitution without fear or favour’

AS NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu emerged victorious On Thursday in the elections, crossing the midpoint after the third round of counting, her opponent Yashwant Sinha, who was the joint opposition candidate, congratulated her and hoped that she would function as the guardian of the Constitution without fear. nor favor.

Sinha said his candidacy brought most opposition parties to a common platform and hoped that opposition unity would continue beyond the presidential election. “It must be equally evident in the election of the vice president,” he said on a day when the Trinamool Congress decided to abstain from voting in the vice presidential race on 6 August between NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankar and opposition candidate Margaret Alva.

“I warmly congratulate Smt Draupadi Murmu on her victory in the presidential election of 2022. I hope – in fact, all Indians hope – that as the 15th President of India, she will act as guardian of the Constitution without fear or favour. I join my compatriots in extending my best wishes to him,” Sinha said in a statement.

Thanking the leaders of the opposition parties for choosing him as the consensus candidate, he said: “I also thank all the members of the electoral college who voted for me. I accepted the offer of the opposition parties only guided by the philosophy of Karma Yoga preached by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita — “Do your duty without expecting its fruits”. I conscientiously performed my duty out of love for my country. The issues I raised during my campaign remain relevant.

“Despite the outcome of the election, I think it has benefited Indian democracy in two important ways. First, it brought together most of the opposition parties on a common platform. This is indeed the need of the hour, and I make a sincere appeal to them to continue – in fact, further strengthen – the unity of the opposition beyond the presidential election. This must also be evident during the election of the vice president,” he said.

Second, he said that he tried to highlight the views, concerns and commitments of opposition parties on major issues before the nation and ordinary people during his election campaign.

“In particular, I expressed my deep concern over the blatant and rampant militarization of the ED, the CBI, the income tax department and even the governor’s office against opposition parties and their leaders. These institutions are also misused to engineer defections and overthrow opposition-led state governments. India has never experienced political corruption on such a scale,” he said. “This, coupled with the toxic politics of polarization, poses a grave danger to democracy and communal harmony in India. I am happy that my opinions found a strong resonance among CMs, leaders, MPs and deputies belonging to opposition parties in all the states I visited. Ordinary people also supported these views.