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Yashwant Sinha, joint candidate of opposition parties for the post of President, addressed the Congress Legislature Party in Karnataka on Sunday. During this, she has asked her rival and NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu to confirm that if she is elected, the ‘rubber stamp’ will not be proved. He also expressed concern about the allegations being leveled against the judiciary.
Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha had reached Bangalore to attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting. Apart from them, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, state party chief DK Shivakumar and several party leaders and MLAs attended the meeting. Addressing the Congress Legislature Party, Sinha also targeted the central government. He said that the BJP-led central government is misusing agencies like ED, CBI, Income Tax against political opponents.
She also reacted to the allegations leveled against the judiciary after the court made some comments against former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. He said that this is a very sad incident in our democracy. Yashwant Sinha further said that we all respect the judiciary and we cannot say that we agree with one order of the judiciary but do not accept another order.
Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha said he would not meet JD(S) patriarch and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda during the visit. Significantly, the JD(S) has indicated support to its rival Murmu in the presidential election to be held on July 18. Accusing the central government of misusing agencies like ED, CBI, Income Tax to cure political opponents, he said it has become a common practice now, any of the opposition parties, who try to raise their heads or raises an issue, he is immediately issued a notice by one of these agencies.
During this, Yashwant Sinha, the joint candidate of the opposition for the post of President, said that ‘I have pledged that, if elected, I will be accountable to the Constitution and only to the Constitution. Whenever the executive or other institutions violate constitutional checks and balances, I will exercise my authority honestly, without any fear or favour.’ He said that India needs a President who acts as an impartial custodian of the Constitution and not like a mute or rubber stamp President. He urged NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu to take a similar pledge.