NCP’s Pawar meets Congress chief on presidential polls

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New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi to discuss a joint opposition candidate for the coming presidential election.

A presidential election will need to be held before July 25, the day when President Pranab Mukherjee’s term expires.

“Pawar ji met Sonia Gandhi. We are working towards a grand alliance for the presidential election,” NCP leader Tariq Anwar told IANS.

“The talks are going on not only for a grand alliance for presidential elections but also for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” he added.

Pawar’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi took place a day after senior Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav also met her on the issue.

The opposition parties led by the Congress are trying to forge an allaince of like-minded parties to put up a joint fight to the ruling National Democratic Alliance in the presidential election and to carry it till 2019 general elections.

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Sonia Gandhi had earlier met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI’s D. Raja to discuss the presidential election and the need to field a joint opposition candidate.

–IANS

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