Congress and left parties are likely to attend a meeting of West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee in Delhi on Wednesday to discuss the opposition’s strategy in the upcoming presidential election.
Neither Congress nor the left were impressed by what they call Banerjee’s “one-sided” initiative, but sources in these parties said they would attend the meeting to avoid a signal of division in the opposition camp from leaving.
Meanwhile, NCP Chairman Sharad Pawar is expected to arrive in the capital on Tuesday. Apart from Congress, the AAP has also had discussions with Pawar about the presidential election. Sources said the association informed Pawar that it would support him if he was the presidential candidate.
It is not clear who will attend the meeting on behalf of Congress and the left. It remains to be seen if Mallikargon Out, the conference’s official for talks with other opposition parties, will attend.
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