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Sonia Forms Sub-group on Presidential Election

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Congress chief Sonia Gandhi meets her supporters

In an apparent progress in moving closer to chose a pick for presidential election to be held in July as the current President Pranab Mukherjee’s term will end soon, Congress President Sonia Gandhi formed a sub-group to take forward the discussions….reports Asian Lite News

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi meets her supporters

Sonia Gandhi already hosted a luncheon meeting of opposition leaders from 17 political parties and took the initiative in bringing the like-minded parties to a common platform as the ruling NDA yet to propose a name.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s absence was highlighted in the luncheon meeting as he took the opportunity to take a flight to Delhi and met Narendra Modi, at the same time.

“Presidential election was briefly discussed today (in the Congress Working Committee meeting). It was decided in the luncheon meeting (hosted by Gandhi) that we should have a small sub-group. That group would discuss how to go about the presidential and vice-presidential elections,” said senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad after a CWC meeting.

“Around two days back, the Congress President, not acting in the capacity of Congress President, constituted a small sub-group. within a week’s time, we’ll have a meeting of that group,” he added.

The sub-group would also have representatives from other opposition parties.

New Delhi: BSP chief Mayawati, Leader of the Congress parliamentary party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, JDU leader Sharad Yadav, Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, RJD supremo Lalu Yadav, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee during a luncheon meeting convened by Congress President Sonia Gandhi as part of efforts to find a consensus candidate for the presidential election in Parliament House on May 26, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
Opposition parties meet to find a consensus candidate for the presidential election in Parliament House (Photo: IANS)

In the opening remarks of the CWC meeting, Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said: “In a few weeks, we will be electing the President and the Vice President of our republic. In times such as these, it is even more essential that those who occupy this august office protect the Constitution.”

Gandhi said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, other colleagues and she herself had met the leaders of like-minded parties to find commonly acceptable candidates for these high offices.

“A sub-group of representatives has been constituted to take this forward,” she said.

Major opposition parties that came together on May 26 on a common platform had decided to contest the upcoming presidential election together if the government does not come up with a consensus candidate.