Presidential poll: Mamata unlikely to attend opposition meeting called by Pawar

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is unlikely to attend the opposition meeting called by NCP chief Sharad Pawar on June 21 in the upcoming presidential election due to prior engagements, a TMC functionary said on Sunday.

He said a senior TMC leader would be present in the proposed meeting.

A senior Trinamool Congress functionary said, “Mamata Banerjee will not be able to attend the meeting as she has some prior engagements. He has also told Sharad Pawar ji. But a leader of our party will be present there.

During the first such meeting, convened by Banerjee in Delhi on 15 June to formulate a strategy for the upcoming presidential election, it has been decided that a common candidate, who will “uphold the country’s democratic ethos”, will serve as the leader of the opposition. will be selected as nominated person.

17 parties participated in the meeting.

Leaders of Congress, Samajwadi Party, NCP, DMK, RJD and Left attended the over two-hour meeting called by the Trinamool Congress supremo, while AAP, SAD, AIMIM, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Odisha’s ruling BJD did not participate. took. ,

Leaders of Shiv Sena, CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML), National Conference, PDP, JD(S), RSP, IUML, RLD and JMM were present.

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

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.