New Delhi: On Friday, Top leaders of several opposition parties will go into a huddle on at a luncheon hosted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi where they would explore the possibility of fielding a joint candidate for the presidential election.
Sources in these parties said the meeting is probably going to be held in Parliament House complex and would be gone to by pioneers like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Bihar partner Nitish Kumar, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and JD(U) veteran Sharad Yadav, who is himself a conceivable contender for the top protected post
Banerjee, who is additionally the TMC boss, is as of now in the national capital, and is probably going to meet Sonia Gandhi independently on Friday.
Sources said solicitations have been sent to JD(U), CPI, CPI-M, SP, DMK, NCP, RJD, TMC, other than some other of all shapes and sizes regional parties.
The fundamental restriction Congress is looking for a bigger solidarity among non-NDA parties in front of the presidential race which could be taken forward to the up and coming get together surveys in states like Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka, other than the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
In front of Friday’s meeting, a progression of conferences have as of now occurred between these pioneers on the issue of setting up a joint restriction possibility to go up against the authority NDA chosen one.
Endeavors are on to acquire curve political opponents Uttar Pradesh – Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party – together on a typical restriction stage in front of the presidential survey.
A few names have been doing the rounds of political circles as probables, including Gopal Krishna Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and previous West Bengal Governor, Sharad Yadav, a previous JD(U) president, ex-Speaker of the Lok Sabha Meira Kumar and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar. The NCP pioneer has, in any case, precluded himself of the race. In spite of the conferences unanimity has so far escaped these parties.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has also mooted a second term for incumbent Pranab Mukherjee and suggested that the ruling BJP should try and build a consensus on him.