Presidential Polls: Oppn To Field Common Candidate; Sharad Pawar Declines Offer, Mamata Proposes 2 Names

Presidential Elections 2022: Leaders of 17 parties from across the country attended the meeting at the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi.

By Talibuddin Khan
Updated: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 07:39 PM IST
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Presidential Polls: Oppn To Field Common Candidate; Sharad Pawar Declines Offer, Mamata Proposes 2 Names
Image Credits: Sharad Pawar/Twitter

New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Opposition leaders on Wednesday adopted a resolution to field a common candidate for the post of the President in the upcoming Presidential Elections, slated to take place on July 18. The decision was taken today during the opposition leaders' meet which was called by TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Leaders of 17 parties from across the country attended the meeting at the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi.

"Several parties were here today. We've decided we will choose only one consensus candidate. Everybody will give this candidate our support. We will consult with others. This is a good beginning. We sat together after several months, and we will do it again", Mamata Banerjee said while addressing a joint press briefing after the meeting.

Along with the Congress, NCP, SP, RJD, NC, CPM, CPI, JMM, Shiv Sena, IUML, PDP, JDS, and RLD are among those attending the meeting, while Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) are among those who have decided to skip the meet.

Meanwhile, Sudheendra Kulkarni, said that a person who can truly serve the Indian Constitution and stop Modi government from doing further damage to the democracy will be the presidential candidate of the opposition parties. "A candidate who can truly serve as custodian of the Constitution and stop Modi govt from doing further damage to Indian democracy and India's social fabric," Sudheendra Kulkarni, as quoted by ANI, said.

Mamata Banerjee suggests Farooq Abdullah, Gopalkrishna Gandhi's name as candidates:

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who had called the meeting of opposition leaders today, has reportedly suggested the names of Nationalist Congress (NC) chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and Mahatama Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

"Mamata Banerjee suggested names of Farooq Abdullah, Gopalkrishna Gandhi as opposition candidates for presidential poll", RSP's NK Premchandran, as quoted by PTI, said. However, no decision has been made over the suggestions of Mamata Banerjee and discussions will be made later on the suggestions of each party.

Sharad Pawar declines the offer:

Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar has declined the offer of the opposition leaders to field him as the presidential candidate. "I sincerely appreciate the leaders of opposition parties for suggesting my name as a candidate for the election of the President of India, at the meeting held in Delhi. However I like to state that I have humbly declined the proposal of my candidature," Sharad Pawar tweeted.

CPI leader Binoy Viswam, however, said that all parties have requested him to reconsider his decision. "In today's Opposition meeting, all parties proposed the name of Sharad Pawar for Presidential poll, but he said he cannot take this up now due to his health. All parties requested him to reconsider his decision," Binoy Viswam said.

Meanwhile, DMK leader T R Baalu said that some leaders have requested that Mallikarjun Kharge, Sharad Pawar and Mamata Banerjee to negotiate and discuss the issue of a consensus opposition candidate for the presidential election with all non-BJP parties.

Rajnath Singh speaks to Mallikarjun Kharge, Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh Yadav on presidential polls:

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken with Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge, SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on the issue of Presidential polls amid reports of cracks appearing in the opposition ranks. After the talks, Congress, however, said that it was a formality and no breakthrough has been achieved.

"Rajnath Singh called me and spoke about the Presidential polls. But when asked about the proposal, there was no response. I am saying if the opposition comes up with a non controversial name... will the government accept that? It's a formality," Kharge said.

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