Presidential polls: Mamata Banerjee reaches out to 22 leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Uddhav Thackeray, for joint meeting in Delhi

The presidential poll is scheduled on July 18 and the counting will take place on July 21

Aritra SinghaUpdated: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 08:24 PM IST
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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee | (PTI Photo)

Kolkata: Ahead of the Presidential election, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called for a meeting with all opposition leaders on June 15 at the Constitutional Club in the national capital.

According to the Trinamool Congress sources, the TMC supremo has written a letter to a total of 22 leaders and will leave for the national capital on June 15.

“Mamata Banerjee with an initiative of strong and effective opposition against the divisive forces, has reached out to the opposition CMs and leaders to participate in a joint meeting at the Constitution Club on June 15,” said the TMC sources.

They also mentioned that letters has been sent to Arvind Kejriwal (Chief Minister, Delhi), Pinarayi Vijayan (Chief Minister, Kerala), Naveen Patnaik (Chief Minister, Odisha), K Chandrashekar Rao (Chief Minister, Telangana), MK Stalin (Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu), Uddhav Thackeray (Chief Minister, Maharashtra), Hemant Soren (Chief Minister, Jharkhand), Bhagwant Singh Mann (Chief Minister, Punjab), Sonia Gandhi (President, INC), Lalu Prasad Yadav (President, RJD) amongst others.

“A nation with robust democratic character needs a strong and effective opposition. All progressive forces need to be aligned and resist the divisive force that is plaguing us today. Opposition leaders are being deliberately targeted by different central agencies, the country’s image is being maligned internationally and bitter dissensions are created within. It is time we strengthen our resistance,” said the letter.

According to several political analysts, the Presidential election is the ‘acid test’ for the opposition.

“The opposition will try to pitch their candidate and if they see that they are successful then they will go all out to oust BJP in the 2024 Parliamentary election. It is an acid test for the opposition,” said the political analysts.

However, the Bengal BJP is not giving any ‘importance’ to the meeting called by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and is hopeful for their party’s win.

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