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Presidential election 2022: After Pawar, Abdullah also stepped back, now who will be the opposition candidate?

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New Delhi: The confusion of the opposition, who should be made the candidate for the Presidential election, has not been resolved yet. On Saturday, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah announced his withdrawal. NCP chief Sharad Pawar Farooq is the second leader after him to withdraw his candidature from the presidential election. Now Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, is expected to be made the candidate from the opposition side. These three names were considered in the meeting of 17 opposition parties chaired by Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday. Now the opposition parties will meet in Parliament on Tuesday to finalize the name of the candidate. This time Pawar will lead the meeting of the opposition parties. He will send invitations to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. TRS did not participate in the last meeting.

Why did Abdullah pull back?
According to sources, the reason behind Abdullah’s pull back could be Gandhi’s indication that he will accept the candidature only if there is a consensus on him in the anti-BJP camp. In a statement, Abdullah said that he would like to play his part in paving the way for Jammu and Kashmir, which is going through a very critical phase. Abdullah said, ‘I have a lot of active politics left in me now.’ He said, ‘It is an honor for me that Mamta Banerjee Sahiba proposed my name as the opposition candidate for the President of India.’ Abdullah’s party has only three MPs in Parliament.

If not Pawar, Abdullah then who?
Ahead of the opposition meeting on June 21, the Shiv Sena has said that if the opposition cannot field a strong candidate for the presidential election, then how can it give a capable prime minister in 2024, the question will come in the minds of the people. Its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ In June 17, the party said that the names of Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Farooq Abdullah often come up during the presidential elections but they do not have the ability to give a tough fight. So if not Pawar, then who? Had the task of finding an answer to this question been done six months earlier, it would have exposed the seriousness of the opposition towards this election.

What is the NDA’s internal challenge regarding the Presidential election and what is the BJP’s bet waiting for the opposition?

BJP has formed a team, will make friends in the court
The BJP on Friday formed a team of 14 members for better coordination between all the party’s state units and allies in the presidential election. Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has been made the coordinator of this team. According to a notice issued by the party, BJP general secretary Vinod Tawde and CT Ravi will play the role of co-convener in this party.

According to sources, this party will coordinate with all the party’s state units and allies in the presidential election. Also, he will tell his voters (members of the electoral college) about the nuances of the voting process. Earlier, Union Minister Rajnath Singh and party president J. P. Nadda Nadda has contacted allies as well as some prominent opposition leaders and leaders of some non-NDA and non-UPA parties.

Whose candidature is in discussion from NDA?
Recently, a JDU MP had forwarded the name of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. However, Nitish flatly refused. Singh and Nadda are constantly talking to the opposition parties. The names of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Tamilisai Soundarajan, Sumitra Mahajan, Draupadi Murmu, Anusuiya Uikey, Jual Oram are in the news.

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