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From the small village of Nalanda to the presidential candidature, how did Yashwant Sinha reach here?

Yashwant Sinha President Candidates: BJP-led NDA’s candidate Draupadi Murmu may have won the counting of votes for the Presidential election today, but the opposition’s candidate Yashwant Sinha. The flame of this is not going to be less than this defeat. Sinha’s personality, who was a cabinet minister in the Atal government, has always been open to speaking and speaking. Today here we will tell the story of Dabang Yashwant Sinha, who came into politics from administrative service, to reach the presidential candidacy.

Born in a Kayastha family of Patna

Before the independence of the country, Yashwant Sinha was born on 6 November 1937 in a Kayastha family in Patna, the capital of Bihar. He did his graduation in BA Honors (History) from Patna University. After this, he took a master’s degree in Political Science in 1958 and then taught the same subject in the same Patna University. Yashwant Sinha chose Neelima Sinha as her life partner. He is survived by his two sons Jayant and Sumant along with wife Neelima.

History also created in administrative service

Yashwant Sinha stepped into the Indian Administrative Service in the year 1960 and here too he proved his mettle by bringing 12th rank across the country. He spent more than 24 years in this service while holding important positions. Worked as sub-divisional magistrate and district magistrate for four years. He was the Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Government of Bihar for 2 years. After this he was Deputy Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Commerce. From 1971 to 1973, he also held the position of First Secretary Commercial at the Embassy of India, Bonn, West Germany. His administrative journey did not end there, served as the Consul General of India in Frankfurt from 1973 to 1974.

Perhaps it was Yashwant Sinha’s thirst for knowledge that he also acquired knowledge in matters of foreign trade and India’s relations with the European Economic Community. Thereafter, he worked in the Department of Industrial Infrastructure, Government of Bihar State Government and Ministry of Industry, Government of India, dealing with foreign industrial cooperation, technology imports, intellectual property rights and industrial approvals. This period of his administrative services did not end here. He served as Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Surface Transport from 1980 to 1984. During this time he had responsibilities like road transport, port and shipping. However, he resigned from this post in the year 1984.

Journey of politics started from Janata Dal

After saying goodbye to the administrative service, Yashwant Sinha started the journey of politics. He joined active politics as a member of Janata Dal. In 1986, he was made the All India General Secretary of the party and in 1988 was elected a member of the Rajya Sabha. When the Janata Dal was formed in 1989, he was made the general secretary of the party. Yashwant Sinha served as Finance Minister in Chandrashekhar’s cabinet from November 1990 to June 1991. After this, his innings in the Bharatiya Janata Party started from the year 1996 when he became the National Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party in June 1996.

In the years 1998, 1999 and 2009, Hazaribagh Lok Sabha constituency reached the Lok Sabha as a BJP candidate. He became the Finance Minister in the year 1998 and then on July 1, 2002, reached the post of Foreign Minister. In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, he lost to Prashant Sahay in Hazaribagh. In the year 2005, he again entered the Parliament. He resigned from the post of BJP Vice President on 13 June 2009. His political journey with the BJP came to an end in the year 2018. At that time, he left the BJP citing the condition of the party. At that time Yashwant Sinha said, “Democracy is in great danger in India.”

TMC and the 2022 presidential campaign

On 13 March 2021, just before the West Bengal assembly elections, he joined the TMC against the BJP. On 15 March 2021, he was made the vice-president of the Trinamool Congress party led by Mamata Banerjee. In the 2022 presidential elections, he was unanimously made the presidential candidate against NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu on behalf of the opposition. His name was proposed by TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee. With this, he became the first Trinamool Congress leader to be nominated for the President.

Yashwant Sinha’s rebellious attitude

The trend of Yashwant Sinha becoming famous and rebellious had started in 1964 itself. After the training of IS, he was made the District Collector of Santhal Pargana of Bihar. During this, the then Chief Minister of Bihar Mahamaya Prasad Sinha was visiting the pargana on this. The people here complained to the officers in front of the CM, then what was the CM, the District Collector started questioning Yashwant Sinha, but Sinha gave a befitting reply to the CM. When the then Irrigation Minister got angry on him in front of the CM, Sinha told the minister in flat words, “Sir, I am not used to this kind of behaviour.”

After this, after taking him to a room, when CM Prasad told him that you should not have behaved like this with the irrigation minister, Yashwant replied vehemently that even your minister should not have treated me like this. Hearing this, CM Mahamaya Prasad was shocked. When he told Sinha that how dare you talk to CM like this, you find another job. On hearing this, Yashwant Sinha replied to the CM vehemently that Sir you can never become an IAS, but I can become CM. Even though he may not be able to become the CM, but perhaps this was the reason that he reached the cabinet of the country.

When the minister was left in 10 seconds

Such was the effect of Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan on Yashwant Sinha that he broke his ties with the administrative service. Joined the Janata Dal and became special to the late Prime Minister Chandrashekhar. When there was a ruckus over the Bofors scam and in the meantime, in 1989, VP Singh took over as the Prime Minister of the country. At that time he offered Yashwant to become a minister of state.

The then cabinet secretary TN Session also gave a letter to Yashwant to become a minister, but it was Yashwant’s attitude that he kicked the post within 10 seconds. Actually Sinha wanted to occupy the post of cabinet minister. He felt that VP Singh did not do justice to him. After this, in the year 1990, he became the Finance Minister in the cabinet of the late Prime Minister Drasekhar, this government fell in 223 days, but the journey of Yashwant Sinha’s politics continued. He joined the BJP and took over as the Finance Minister and Foreign Minister in the Atal government.

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