In opposition meeting, anger at last minute “anti-Modi” resolution: 10 facts

Mamata Banerjee had called a meeting to discuss a joint candidate for the presidential election to be held in July.

New Delhi:
Sharad Pawar today turned down an offer to run for the presidency, saying at an opposition meeting that he “still has an active political innings to play”. But the meeting turned chaotic over a last-minute resolution against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Here are the top 10 updates to this big story:

  1. The meeting, surrounded by the absence of five major parties, witnessed “chaos” over the proposal that Mamata Banerjee was accused of springing up on parties without any notice, say sources. Many said the only agenda of the meeting was the presidential election.

  2. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who called the meeting, later told reporters that the opposition needed to sit together to discuss the “bulldozers happening in the country”.

  3. Mamata Banerjee had invited 22 parties but 16 attended the meeting. He set June 21 as the deadline for naming the presidential candidate versus the candidate of the BJP and its allies. Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge will hold discussions with various parties to reach a consensus on a name.

  4. After 81-year-old Sharad Pawar turned down Mamata Banerjee’s offer to be the opposition’s presidential candidate, no one had any other suggestions. At the end of the meeting, he named Gopal Gandhi and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah.

  5. In a tweet, Sharad Pawar said, “I sincerely appreciate the leaders of the opposition parties for suggesting my name as a candidate for the election of the President of India in the meeting held in Delhi. However I would like to state that That I have politely declined my offer of candidature.”

  6. Sharad Pawar had the support of many parties including Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, Left, Congress and Shiv Sena. “If Sharad Pawar agrees, everyone will support him. But Pawar ji doesn’t agree, we will discuss,” Ms Banerjee told reporters.

  7. Presidential elections will be held on July 18 and results will be declared on July 21. June 29 is the last date for nominations.

  8. Mamata Banerjee’s rival Congress and the Left attended the meeting, while leaders such as Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao – who had built ties with his Bengal counterpart over their common goal of defeating the BJP – decided to boycott it.

  9. The Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also chose their option, opposing the presence of the Congress. The AAP said it would “consider the matter only after the announcement of the presidential candidate”.

  10. The TRS said that “there was no question of sharing any platform with the Congress”. The party said the Congress was invited despite its objections and attacked its leader Rahul Gandhi. It also accused the Congress of “aligning with the BJP” in Telangana, especially in the recent by-elections.

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