West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will host an Opposition conclave to discuss technique for the upcoming presidential elections in addition to different points at 3 pm on Wednesday, the place the Congress can be solely a bit participant.
President Ram Nath Kovind’s tenure ends on July 24. Elections can be held on July 18 for the subsequent President and counting, if required, on July 21.
The conclave can be attended by Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh, and Randeep Singh Surjewala, in addition to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, who has instructed his get together he isn’t within the working for the President.
Interestingly, the data that Pawar has refused to be the joint Opposition candidate was conveyed to the general public by CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury. Pawar met Yechury, CPI common secretary D Raja, and NCP leaders Praful Patel and P C Chacko in Delhi and conveyed to them his resolution to not contest the election. “I have been informed that Pawar will not be the Opposition face for the presidential polls, other names are under consideration,” mentioned Yechury.
The West Bengal chief minister has invited 22 leaders, together with her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala, Naveen Patnaik from Odisha, Telangana’s Ok Chandrashekar Rao, MK Stalin from Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra’s Uddhav Thackeray, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Bhagwant Mann from Punjab, and Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi. That the CPI (M) chief minister of Kerala is on the listing of invitees is important as Banerjee’s rise in West Bengal has been at the price of the Left get together.
Many of those leaders are heads of events whose main enemy is the Congress. They won’t have attended the meeting if the Congress had convened it. Therefore, the attendance sheet turns into important — not simply for individuals who will flip up, but additionally for individuals who will select to be absent.
Banerjee has not invited events just like the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) in energy within the state, which is an avowed supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or the National People’s Party (NPP), whose chief, the youthful Conrad Sangma is chief minister of Meghalaya. The NPP and Trinamool Congress are in direct competitors with one another.
Banerjee, who has been in search of to play a distinguished national function since her large Assembly victory in West Bengal in 2021, is claimed to be on the lookout for an initiative of robust and efficient opposition towards “divisive forces” forward of the presidential election.