Opposition parties to meet on June 22 to decide on presidential polls

Opposition parties to meet on June 22 to decide on presidential polls
Leaders of Oppostion parties will meet on Thursday to chart out their response to BJP selecting Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind, a Dalit, as the NDA candidate for the Presidential election.

Kovind's candidature has also spurred fence-sitters TRS, AIADMK to declare support for the NDA candidate.

The Left parties and the RJD were keen to field a candidate to deny the BJP a walkover in the presidential elections, but other parties including the Congress and the NCP had chosen to wait for the NDA to announce its nominee.

“A meeting of opposition parties is scheduled on June 22 to decide on the presidential election,” JDU leader Sharad Yadav told reporters here.

Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar are considered as probable presidential candidates from the joint opposition.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy and informed them about Kovind's candidature.

“I am sure Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional President & continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden & marginalised,” Modi said.

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