Mumbai: Presidential polls are around the corner. A series of meetings have been in progress by the opposition parties to field their candidates for the upcoming polls. Amidst the talk of opposition leaders, former Union Minister Sharad Pawar has shown his desire to become the opposition’s candidate for the next month’s presidential elections to grab the top post of the country.
The Congress party has endorsed Sharad Pawar, a former member, for president. Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge met with Sharad Pawar last Thursday in Mumbai. Mallikarjun transmitted the message of Party Chief Sonia Gandhi.
Sharad Pawar, the NCP leader, has not responded to that suggestion, say sources. The NCP leader got a call from Sanjay Singh, a leader of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Regarding the upcoming president’s election, Kharge had a discussion with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin.
Kharge is busy bringing all the opposition parties onto one platform. He talked to Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has demanded an opposition meeting at the Constitution Club in Delhi on Wednesday to unveil the joint strategy for the presidential election.
The President’s election will take place on July 18. Counting will take place three days later if required to elect the next president of the country. The term of the current president, Ramnath Kovind, ends on July 24.
Sharad Pawar is known for making and breaking alliances or forming coalition governments in Indian politics. Currently, he has been able to keep all the alliances in Maharashtra on one platform despite strategic differences and has kept the BJP at bay.
The BJP has given the power to its party chief, JP Nadda, and Union Minister Rajnath Singh to speak with parties across the spectrum and steer them towards an agreement. The saffron party is set for an election in the case of no consensus. The party has not confirmed any names so far.