New Delhi, June 15: Opposition leaders, who met in the national capital on Wednesday announced that they have decided to field one consensus candidate for the Presidential elections scheduled for July 18.
"Several parties were here on Wednesday. We've decided we will choose only one consensus candidate. Everybody will give this candidate our support. We will consult with others. This is a good beginning. We sat together after several months, and we will do it again," TMC leader Mamata Banerjee said after the meeting.
"Opposition leaders adopted a resolution to field a common candidate in the forthcoming Presidential elections. A candidate who can truly serve as custodian of the Constitution and stop the Modi government from doing further damage to Indian democracy and India's social fabric," said Sudheendra Kulkarni. Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party did not participate in the meeting.
CPI MP Binoy Viswam, who participated in the meeting, said Mamta Banarjee had proposed NCP's Sharad Pawar's name as the Presidential candidate of the Opposition. Pawar did not accept that proposal.
Leaders of 17 political parties joined a crucial meeting of Opposition parties convened by Mamata Banerjee to build a consensus on fielding a joint candidate against the NDA in the presidential election here.
TMC, Congress, CPI, CPM, CPIML, RSP, Shiv Sena, NCP, RJD, SP, National Conference, PDP, JD(S), DMK, RLD, IUML and JMM - participated in the meeting held at the Constitution Club of India here.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) led by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao did not send a representative to the meeting convened by Mamata Banerjee and aimed at forging a consensus for an opposition-backed candidate. The Presidential election is slated to be held on July 18 and votes will be counted on July 21.