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Democracy ruined in the country: Yashwant

Democracy stands “ruined” in the country, Yashwant Sinha, the joint nominee of the opposition parties in the upcoming presidential polls said here on Saturday.
He said the presidential election should not be made a question of identity, but a fight for ideology.
Sinha, who was minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet and an MP from Hazaribag, met the JMM executive president and state Chief Minister Hemant Soren and sought the party’s support and attended a meeting of Congress legislators ahead of the July 18 presidential election.
“When I started the campaign (for the presidential poll) last month I had said that democracy is in danger. But now when I am concluding the campaign today, I can say that the democracy stands ruined in the country,” Sinha said at a press conference later.
“I appeal to the voters (the electoral college) to exercise their franchise after listening to the voice of their conscience,” he said.
Sinha, who hails from Jharkhand, had arrived in Ranchi on Friday.
JMM, which runs a coalition government with the Congress and RJD in the tribal state, had initially backed Sinha but later pledged its support to NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu, much to the embarrassment of the coalition partners.
Murmu, who is a Santhal like Soren, had earlier been a governor of Jharkhand. If elected she will be the country’s first tribal woman president.

Presidential Polls: AAP throws its lot with Yashwant Sinha

New Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI): The AAP will support opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in the Presidential Poll, Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said after a political advisory committee (PAC) meeting of the party on Saturday.
Sinha is in fray for the top constitutional post of the country with Droupadi Murmu, the candidate chosen by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.
“We respect Droupadi Murmu but the AAP will support the opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha,” Singh said.
The meeting was attended by AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, Punjab MP Raghav Chadha, MLA Atishi, and other members of the PAC.
Voting for the Presidential poll will take place on Monday.
The AAP is the only non-BJP, non-Congress outfit having governments in two states — Delhi and Punjab.
It has 10 Rajya Sabha MPs from the two states including three from Delhi.
Also, the party has a total 156 MLAs including 92 in Punjab, 62 in Delhi and two in Goa.


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