Presidential poll: TMC’s Abhishek Banerjee to attend Oppn meet convened by Sharad Pawar

A senior official at Trinamool Congress said on Monday that its National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee is likely to represent the party at the opposition meeting held by NCP Chairman Sharad Pawar on June 21 regarding the upcoming presidential election. It is unlikely that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will participate in the meeting due to previous engagements.

“The Chief Minister asked Abhishek Banerjee to be present at the meeting. The TMC official said he was also there with Mamata Banerjee at the last opposition meeting on June 15.

During the June meeting called by Banerjee in Delhi to formulate a strategy for the upcoming presidential elections, it was decided that a joint candidate, who would “preserve the democratic spirit of the country”, be selected as the opposition candidate.

The meeting was attended by up to 17 parties. The meeting was attended by Congress leaders, Samajwadi Party, NCP, DMK, RJD and left, while AAP, SAD, AIMIM, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Odisha’s ruling BJD skipped it.

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Presidential elections are held indirectly through an electoral college made up of members of Parliament and the legislatures of the states and union territories.

In the electoral college of about 10.86 lakh votes, the BJP-led coalition is estimated to have more than 48 percent, and it is hoped that regional nonaligned parties will support it.

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