Joint opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha on Monday filed nomination for next month's Presidential election.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury and other opposition leaders were present at the filing of Sinha's nomination.Sinha also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Dr B.R. Ambedkar before filing his nomination.
Incidentally, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the Aam Admi Party were not present during the filing of nomination papers.
Now Sinha will also begin his campaign to meet MPs and MLAs. On Friday, Sinha had telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's offices seeking their support for the poll. He also wrote a letter to all the leaders of the opposition parties. In the letter Sinha wrote: "India is going through extremely difficult times. I shall raise my voice for the common people."
Sinha had also said that the leaders of the other ideology are intent on throttling the Constitution and "making a mockery of the people's mandate in elections."
BJP-led NDA candidate Draupdai Murmu filed nomination last week in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief J.P. Nadda, union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari and leaders of alliance partners.
Chief Ministers of NDA-ruled states were present during Murmu's filing of nomination papers.