Sinha’s candidature was announced on June 21, after each of Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah and Gopalkrishna Gandhi ruled themselves out of the race.
Yashwant Sinha, who was announced as the Opposition’s candidate to be the 15th President of India after each of their first three choices opted out, on Monday said he would have accepted the nomination even if he was the 10th choice.
“I’m thankful to all the opposition parties who came together and chose me as their candidate. It’s being said I’m the fourth choice but I want to say even if I was at the 10th number, I would’ve accepted because it’s a big battle,” Sinha said, according to news agency ANI.
The former Union minister was addressing the media at the Constitutional Club of India in the national capital, hours after filing his nomination for the July 18 presidential polls. For his nomination filing, the ex-diplomat was accompanied by Opposition bigwigs such as Sharad Pawar and Rahul Gandhi, among others.
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