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Presidential election: BJP making fun of opposition meeting! Regional parties missing… this name in the race for joint candidate

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New Delhi : The Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (BJD), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (BJP) at a meeting convened by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee in the capital Delhi on Wednesday to agree on the name of the Presidential candidate from the United Opposition. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has breathed a sigh of relief with the absence of major regional parties like the TRS and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). BJP leaders believe that the absence of these parties has underscored the shortcomings of the opposition camp and their habit of dominating others.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led BJD has sided with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) while keeping distance from the opposition camp on several issues. The absence of AAP and TRS from the meeting of opposition parties assumes significance as both the parties have been fierce critics of the BJP and have on several occasions in the past advocated opposition unity against the ruling party at the Centre.
Presidential election: 17 parties attended Mamta Banerjee’s meeting, agreed on joint candidate but the path is not easy, understand why
How far is NDA from victory?
The ruling NDA (NDA) has about 48 per cent of the votes in the presidential election electoral college. The BJP is expected to get support from parties like the BJD All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Yuvajan Shramik Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP). If this happens then the victory of his candidate in the presidential election can be ensured. The YSR Congress is in power in Andhra Pradesh and has a sizeable number of members in the Parliament.

BJP making fun of meeting of opposition parties
Like the BJD, the YSR Congress has also distanced itself from the meeting of the opposition camp and has supported the central government on several issues in Parliament and outside. Making fun of the meeting of the opposition parties, BJP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sudhanshu Trivedi said that many opposition leaders keep doing various activities in an attempt to dominate each other. He said, ‘Who should show this meeting by establishing his stature inside the opposition, by using any opportunity… it is more his expression.’

These parties took part in the meeting
Opposition parties meeting Congress, Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Shiv Sena, Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M), CPI-ML Leaders from National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), JD (Secular), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), IUAML, Rashtriya Lok Dal and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha participated.

Who will be the opposition candidate after Sharad Pawar
In this meeting on Wednesday, leaders of several parties requested Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar to be the United Opposition’s presidential candidate but he once again turned down the offer. According to sources, the names of senior leader Farooq Abdullah and former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi also cropped up as possible opposition candidates after Pawar turned down the offer.

Can Gandhi unite the opposition?
Gandhi was a candidate from the United Opposition in the 2017 Vice Presidential election but was defeated by senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu. Despite this, he was successful in garnering the support of the BJD and the Janata Dal (United). However, both these parties supported NDA’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential election. He was in the opposition camp when Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) announced its support to Gandhi in the last Vice Presidential election. Later, even after returning to the NDA, he remained firm on his decision to support Gandhi.

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