New Delhi, 15 June
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge on the issue of Presidential elections amid reports of a rift in the opposition parties.
Sources said Rajnath called Kharge on Tuesday.
However, after the talks, the Congress said that this is a formality and no success has been achieved.
Kharge said, “Rajnath Singh called me and talked about the presidential election. But when asked about the proposal, there was no response. I am saying that if the opposition comes up with a non-controversial name … Will the government accept it? It is a formality.” Mamata Banerjee has called a meeting of opposition parties, but cracks have emerged as AAP and TRS are likely to attend the meeting.
The AAP will take a decision on the issue after the names of the candidates are revealed, while the TRS is not attending the meeting citing the presence of the Congress.
The Congress will join the meeting convened by Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who last week wrote to 22 opposition leaders and chief ministers, to chalk out a joint strategy for the June 15 presidential election. Opposition leaders will attend the meeting.
Banerjee reached Delhi on Tuesday and met Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar at his residence. According to a source, Pawar has refused to be the opposition’s candidate for the presidential election, saying he wants to continue in active politics.
However, NCP will attend the opposition meeting. Several other opposition parties are also likely to attend the meeting to discuss a joint strategy for the upcoming presidential election.