Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday held a meeting with key leaders of the Opposition in New Delhi to discuss a joint candidate for the upcoming presidential poll.
Seventeen Opposition parties attended the meeting, PTI reported.
Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders Manoj Jha and AD Singh, Priyanka Chaturvedi and Subhash Desai from Shiv Sena, HD Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal (Secular), TR Baalu of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah are among those who were present, according to NDTV.
Congress leaders Mallikarjuna Kharge, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Singh Surjewala were at the meeting too, News18 reported.
Delhi | Opposition leaders’ meeting called by TMC leader & West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee ahead of Presidential poll, set to get underway at Constitution Club of India pic.twitter.com/WXQY3NbFWs
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On June 11, Banerjee had invited leaders of 19 political parties for the joint meeting in the national capital.
Banerjee had written to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray, Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Pinarayi Vijayan, Biju Janta Dal’s Naveen Patnaik, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s Hemant Soren and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s MK Stalin, amongst others.
The West Bengal chief minister had said that the election gives the “perfect opportunity for all progressive Opposition parties” to…