Presidential election: Sonia Gandhi approaches Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee

Congress President Sonia Gandhi has held discussions with NCP leader Sharad Pawar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other leaders of anti-BJP parties on the issue of voting to be held on July 18 to choose the successor of President Ram Nath Kovind. Due to his COVID transition, Gandhi has deputed Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge to coordinate with other leaders. Surjewala said, “The Congress party is of the opinion that the nation needs a person in the form of a President who can protect the Constitution, our institutions and citizens from the onslaught by the ruling party. This is the need of the hour.”

The term of current President Ram Nath Kovind ends on July 24.

Kharge has already started discussions with several opposition leaders. He met Pawar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, besides holding telephonic discussions with Banerjee and some other leaders to reach a consensus on a candidate from the opposition camp.

On the other hand, Banerjee has called a meeting in the national capital on June 15 on this matter by writing a letter to all the opposition leaders.

The Congress said opposition parties should rise above their differences and elect a President who can protect the Constitution, institutions and citizens from the “on-going onslaught” of the ruling BJP.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that his party did not suggest any specific name, “We are responsible for electing a President for our people who can fix the fractured social fabric and our Constitution.” can protect”.

“The time has come to rise above our differences for the sake of our country and its people. Discussions should be open minded and keeping this spirit in mind. We believe that the Congress should join hands with other political parties in this regard. The discussion should go ahead,” he said in a statement.

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