Presidential polls: Congress will attend Mamata Banerjee’s meeting tomorrow, says report

Other Opposition leaders will also join.

The Congress will attend a meeting called by West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday in Delhi at 2 pm to discuss Opposition parties’ strategies for the upcoming Presidential polls.

According to a report by NDTV, senior leaders Mallikarjuna Kharge, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Singh Surjewala will represent the Congress at the meeting called by Banerjee tomorrow. Banerjee had written to Opposition party leaders requesting them to be present at a meeting at the Constitution Club tomorrow. President Ram Nath Kovind’s term ends on July 24 and elections are likely to be held on July 18 for the next President of India.

Sharad Pawar, leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, may be one of the prospective candidates, according to the report, though Pawar himself has told some people that he is not in the race. He will attend the meeting tomorrow.

The meeting of the Opposition parties is significant as the ruling coalition led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not have the adequate number for a sure victory. In 2017, the BJP led alliance at the Centre had the support of Telengana Rashtra Samiti, Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress and BJD for BJP’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind against the Congress-led Opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar. This time, their roles are likely to not be the same.

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