The opposition parties on Tuesday announced former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha as their consensus candidate for the post of President, the election to which is slated for July 18.
"We (opposition parties) have unanimously decided that Yashwant Sinha will be our common candidate for the Presidential election," Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told media persons soon after the meeting of the combined opposition parties held at the Parliament Annexe.
The meeting was called by NCP top leader Sharad Pawar and attended by leaders from the Congress, TMC, Samajwadi Party, CPI, CPI-M, National Conference, and RJD among others.
Earlier in the day, Sinha had resigned from Trinamool Congress (TMC) leading to speculations about his name being finalized for the President's post as the opposition's candidate.
Last week, the opposition parties convened a similar meeting wherein several leaders had wanted NCP leader Sharad Pawar to be their candidate. Pawar had, however, declined the offer.
Counting to the polls will be held on July 21.