According to reports, as many as 17 Opposition parties have attended the meeting convened by Mamata Banerjee.
New Delhi: With some parties, including the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) skipping the Opposition meeting called by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, here’s a look at the leaders and parties that attended the meeting at New Delhi’s Constitution Club to hold discussions on the Presidential polls.
According to reports, as many as 17 Opposition parties have attended the meeting. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party, T R Baalu of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Manoj Jha and A D Singh of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Priyanka Chaturvedi and Subhash Desai from Shiv Sena H D Kumaraswamy and H D Deve Gowda of Janata Dal (Secular), Congress leaders Mallikarjuna Kharge, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Singh Surjewala and Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party. The meeting is also being attended by Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Yadav and others.
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A day before the meeting, Sharad Pawar had reportedly said that he is not keen to become the Opposition candidate for the upcoming Presidential election. Although NCP did not make it clear whether Sharad Pawar has completely junked the idea or not, it is believed that the leader has conveyed his thoughts to several Opposition leaders.
Meanwhile, Mamata’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee was also spotted alongside Mamata Banerjee.
In a letter to the Opposition leaders, Mamata Banerjee had written, “The Presidential elections are around the corner, presenting the perfect opportunity for all progressive opposition parties to reconvene and deliberate on the future course of Indian politics. The election is monumental because it gives legislators the opportunity to participate in deciding the Head of our State who is the custodian of our democracy. At a time when our democracy is going through troubling times, I believe that a fruitful confluence of opposition voices is the need of the hour; to echo the deprived and unrepresented communities.”