Presidential election: Sonia Gandhi approaches Mamata, Sharad Pawar, other opposition leaders

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Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.

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  • Congress President Sonia Gandhi reaches out to opposition leaders regarding the upcoming presidential election
  • Mamta Banerjee has also called a meeting of opposition leaders, chief ministers in Delhi on June 15.
  • Voting for the President of India will be held on 18th July

Presidential Election 2022: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday contacted Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other opposition leaders regarding the upcoming presidential election, the Congress said in a statement.

Congress said it has not suggested any specific name for the presidential candidate.

“We need to rise above our differences for the sake of the nation. The Indian National Congress will take this discussion forward with other political parties,” the party said.

Meanwhile, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has written to opposition leaders requesting them to attend a meeting called by her in New Delhi on June 15 to chalk out a joint strategy for the upcoming presidential election.

Mamta will convene a meeting of opposition leaders on June 15

Banerjee sent a letter to 22 opposition leaders including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

He said that the presidential election provides the right opportunity to all progressive opposition parties to deliberate on the future course of national politics at a time when divisive forces are plaguing the country.

Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress said, “Our Honorable President @MamataOfficial calls upon all progressive opposition forces to meet at Constitution Club, New Delhi on 15th June 2022 at 3 PM, keeping in view the Presidential election and discuss the future course of action.” did.” Told.

According to a statement released by her party, Banerjee has reached out to opposition chief ministers and leaders to attend a joint meeting in the national capital.

“With the Presidential election, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, with the initiative of a strong and effective opposition against the divisive forces, has reached out to the opposition CMs and leaders to participate in a joint meeting,” it said.

Voting for India’s president will take place on July 18, the Election Commission announced on Thursday, with an electoral college consisting of 4,809-member MPs and MLAs set to elect Ram Nath Kovind’s successor.

In her letter, Banerjee said that a nation with a strong democratic character needs a strong and effective opposition, and all progressive parties need to come together to oppose the divisive forces in the country.

“Opposition leaders are being deliberately targeted by various central agencies, tarnishing the image of the country internationally and creating bitter differences within. It is time we strengthen our resistance,” he said in the letter. “

Banerjee also said, “The election is monumental as it gives an opportunity to legislators 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 a crisis, my The need of the hour is to believe that a useful confluence will resonate the underprivileged and under-represented communities.”

The development came a day after senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge held consultations with Banerjee and leaders of DMK, CPI, CPI-M and AAP to field a joint opposition candidate.

The BJP reacted to Banerjee’s call to the opposition parties, saying it would not yield any results.

BJP state spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said, “We have seen such efforts during the 2017 presidential election, but it has not yielded any result. This time the opposition will face defeat.”

The President is indirectly elected through an electoral college consisting of elected members of Parliament and the Legislative Assemblies of the States and Union Territories.

The number and value of votes of each voter in the state legislatures is worked out by a formula that takes into account the population of the state in 1971.

In an electoral college of around 10.86 lakh votes, the BJP-led alliance is estimated to have over 48 per cent of the vote and is expected to be supported by the Non-Aligned Regional Parties.

,With inputs from PTI,

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