Opposition leaders will meet on May 26 at the Parliament library building to decide on a presidential candidate, ANI reported on Tuesday. The presidential elections are slated to be held in July, when Pranab Mukherjee’s term ends.
Most of the Opposition parties – from the Congress, the Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Left parties to the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party – have expressed the importance of uniting against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Earlier this month, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had met West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to discuss a common Opposition candidate for the upcoming elections.
On May 21, BJP President Amit Shah had said that the party is yet to take a decision on its presidential candidate and rejected Shiv Sena’s proposal for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s name for the position.