New Delhi: Referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) fielding tribal candidate Draupadi Murmu for the Presidential poll, Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha on Monday said politics of symbolism is not acceptable and he would showcase his track record to win votes.
Sinha said the Presidential poll is a battle between an ideology of absolute power and that of freedom, news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
Sinha, who had quit the BJP in 2018, also hit out at the current leadership in the party.
“The BJP I was part of had internal democracy, the current BJP lacks it,” he said.
Sinha, a former bureaucrat and a union minister during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, further said that he would try to reach out to his old BJP colleagues for support in the Presidential poll.
Earlier in the day, Sinha filed his nomination papers at the Parliament in the national capital for the July 18 election.
Sinha, who quit the Trinamool Congress (TMC) before his name was announced for the Presidential poll by a joint opposition earlier on June 21, handed over four sets of nomination papers to Rajya Sabha secretary general P C Mody, the returning officer for the Presidential poll.
He was accompanied by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav among others.