West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is in Delhi for the crucial meeting of non-BJP parties she has called in a bid to forge a consensus for fielding a joint candidate against the NDA in the presidential election which is slated to take place on July 18.
Mamata Banerjee recently wrote to 22 Opposition parties, inviting them to be part of a platform against “divisive forces”.
Along with the Congress, NCP, SP, RJD, NC, AAP, CPM, CPI, JMM, Shiv Sena, IUML, PDP, JDS, RLD are among those likely to attend the meeting, while Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) are among those who have decided skip the meet.
It is learnt that senior Congress leaders Mallikarjuna Kharge, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Singh Surjewala will represent the Congress at the meeting called by the Trinamool Congress leader.
Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee and leaders of two Left parties met NCP chief Sharad Pawar at his residence separately to try and convince him to be the common opposition candidate for the top constitutional post. The Maratha strongman, who has friends across the deeply divided political spectrum, however, turned down the proposal, sources in the opposition camp said.
With inputs from News18