Yashwant Sinha, the presidential candidate for the opposition, declared on Wednesday that if elected, he will stop the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) from being put into effect.
Speaking with Assamese opposition lawmakers, Mr. Sinha claimed that the BJP-led administration has so far failed to put the CAA into effect because it was “foolishly drafted” in a rush.
Mr Sinha was on a day-long visit to Assam to seek the support of “like-minded” parties for the July 18 election.
“Citizenship is a major issue for Assam, and the government wanted to bring in the Act across the country but have not been able to do so yet,” he said.
“Earlier, the government gave the excuse of COVID, but even now they have not been able to implement it because it is an Act foolishly drafted in a hurry,” he added.
“We have to safeguard it,” he asserted.
“If I am in Rashtrapati Bhavan, I will ensure that CAA is not implemented,” he said.
The opposition parties unanimously agreed to support Yashwant Sinha as their joint presidential candidate. In order to ensure that Yashwant Sinha is elected without opposition, the opposition has appealed to the BJP and its allies.
Following a meeting of 13 opposition groups in Delhi on Tuesday, including the Congress, TMC, and Samajwadi Party, Sinha was announced as their undisputed choice for president. Sharad Pawar, the leader of the NCP, presided over the meeting in the Parliament annexe.