Sharad meets Sonia over Prez nominee

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Sharad meets Sonia over Prez nominee
New Delhi, 4/26
Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Tuesday
met Congress president Sonia Gandhi amid talk
of a joint presidential candidate being put
up by the opposition.
Gandhi, who has emerged as the central force
in uniting various parties on the issue,
spent some time discussing the current
political situation.
However, Yadav, whose name is among one of
the probable candidates, termed the meeting
as a mere “courtesy call”.
“It was merely a courtesy call,” he told PTI.
Hectic negotiations are on among opposition
parties for putting up a joint presidential
candidate to replace incumbent Pranab
Mukherjee.
Gandhi has met several opposition leaders,
including Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar
and Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja,
in the recent past over the issue.
Sources said the opposition is trying to put
up a united face and jointly fight the
presidential poll even though the numbers
have tilted in favour of the NDA after Uttar
Pradesh assembly election results.
Parleys are also being held among leaders of
other opposition parties.
The presidential election has to be held
before July 24, when President Pranab
Mukherjee’s term ends.
He had taken over the post in July 2012,
defeating the NDA candidate late P A Sangma.
Sources said that during his meeting with
Gandhi yesterday there was agreement to the
possibility of fielding a candidate
acceptable to all secular opposition parties,
but there is no discussion on likely
candidates yet.
When asked, Congress spokesperson Manish
Tewari said no names have been discussed so
far.
“We are aware of the consultations, which are
evolving consultations. We will get back to
you whenever something is finalised,” he
said.
The Congress would take a “conscious,
concerted and balanced call” on a joint
opposition presidential candidate after
consultation with all opposition leaders.
The sudden flurry of opposition activities
comes in the wake of the BJP’s winning streak
in states since the formation of the Narendra
Modi government in 2014. It currently has
governments in 13 states and is a junior
partner in the ruling alliance in Jammu and
Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh.
Some feel that the opposition unity for
contesting may well turn out to be a
precursor to an anti-NDA front ahead of the
2019 Lok Sabha election.

Sharad meets Sonia over Prez nominee

New Delhi, 4/26

Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Tuesday

met Congress president Sonia Gandhi amid talk

of a joint presidential candidate being put

up by the opposition.

Gandhi, who has emerged as the central force

in uniting various parties on the issue,

spent some time discussing the current

political situation.

However, Yadav, whose name is among one of

the probable candidates, termed the meeting

as a mere “courtesy call”.

“It was merely a courtesy call,” he told PTI.

Hectic negotiations are on among opposition

parties for putting up a joint presidential

candidate to replace incumbent Pranab

Mukherjee.

Gandhi has met several opposition leaders,

including Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar

and Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja,

in the recent past over the issue.

Sources said the opposition is trying to put

up a united face and jointly fight the

presidential poll even though the numbers

have tilted in favour of the NDA after Uttar

Pradesh assembly election results.

Parleys are also being held among leaders of

other opposition parties.

The presidential election has to be held

before July 24, when President Pranab

Mukherjee’s term ends.

He had taken over the post in July 2012,

defeating the NDA candidate late P A Sangma.

Sources said that during his meeting with

Gandhi yesterday there was agreement to the

possibility of fielding a candidate

acceptable to all secular opposition parties,

but there is no discussion on likely

candidates yet.

When asked, Congress spokesperson Manish

Tewari said no names have been discussed so

far.

“We are aware of the consultations, which are

evolving consultations. We will get back to

you whenever something is finalised,” he

said.

The Congress would take a “conscious,

concerted and balanced call” on a joint

opposition presidential candidate after

consultation with all opposition leaders.

The sudden flurry of opposition activities

comes in the wake of the BJP’s winning streak

in states since the formation of the Narendra

Modi government in 2014. It currently has

governments in 13 states and is a junior

partner in the ruling alliance in Jammu and

Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh.

Some feel that the opposition unity for

contesting may well turn out to be a

precursor to an anti-NDA front ahead of the

2019 Lok Sabha election.

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