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Presidential polls: Sonia Gandhi begins meet with Opposition leaders

President Pranab Mukherjee will demit office on July 25

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Photo: PTI
Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Photo: PTI

The meeting called by Congress President Sonia Gandhi with Opposition leaders to build a consensus on the Presidential nominee began here on Friday in the Parliament on Friday.

Leaders of 17 parties namely JD (U), CPI, CPI-M, SP, DMK, NCP, RJD and TMC, besides some other big and small regional parties are attending the meeting.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader Ahmed Patel, another Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, leader AK Antony, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, leader Sharad Pawar, CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy, CPI's D Raja and JD(U) veteran Sharad Yadav, veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajma, JD (S) member CS Puttaraju, the then Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Ram Gopal Yadav, Naresh Agarwal, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati, leader Kanimozhi, Kerala Congress leader Jose Mani, IUML leader PK Kunhalikutty, National Conference's working president Omar Abdullah, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) member NKPremachandran, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Party (JMM) MP Sanjeev Kumar, J Iemant Soren are the attendees.

The opposition put up a grand and united show on a day that also marks the third anniversary of the (NDA) government at the Centre.

A few days back, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar indicated his support in favour of if he secured a second term as the President.

However, the Congress so far has been non-committal on a second term for him.

On the other hand, the Shiv Sena, an ally of the (BJP) in Maharashtra had proposed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's name as the National Democratic Alliance's candidate for the country's top constitutional post earlier too.

President will demit office on July 25 and Vice President Hamid Ansari will complete his second tenure in August.

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