Presidential election: Mamta’s meeting to choose opposition candidate today, 3 parties likely to stay away

Joint Conference of Political Parties called by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) Chief Mamata BanerjeeStarting in a few hours, the President will offer a glimpse of opposition unity ahead of the election.

At least three of the 19 parties invited by Banerjee are likely not to attend the meeting. Aam Aadmi Party Apart from Biju of the (AAP) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), notable omissions are likely to include Janata Dal (BJD), which is considered close to the NDA.

Congress’s involvement so far Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (CPI), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Shiv Sena This is confirmed in the meeting, which is being seen as an attempt by the TMC to lead the opposition bloc in choosing a consensus candidate against the NDA’s presidential candidate.

Banerjee, who arrived in Delhi on Tuesday, has already held a round of meetings with NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who has turned down a request to stand as a joint opposition candidate. Pawar also met leaders of the Left parties on Tuesday.

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Banerjee had invited the Chief Minister of Delhi and the national convener of AAP. Arvind Kejriwal Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann will attend the meeting to be held at the Constitution Club of India from around 3 pm. Kejriwal and Mann are attending a public function in Punjab’s Jalandhar during the day.

Sources said AAP is likely to stay away citing the presence of Congress in the meeting. In the last decade, the AAP has pushed the Congress to the margins in Delhi politics and Punjab.

Relations between the two parties further soured after alliance talks broke down ahead of the 2019 general elections, triggering a bitter public spat between Kejriwal and the Congress leader. Rahul Gandhi,

TRS, which was against TMC’s decision to invite Congress to the meeting, will also not attend the meeting. Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao had conveyed his displeasure to Banerjee on inviting the Congress.