New Delhi: In a bid to field a candidate against the nominee of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the upcoming Presidential Election which is scheduled for July, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and told her that Opposition parties must field a joint candidate with clean secular credentials and who is committed towards constitutional principles for the presidential post.Also Read - Stop Flights From Regions Witnessing New Omicron Variant: Kejriwal Urges PM Modi
“Yechury and Gandhi discussed the possibility of fielding a candidate acceptable to all secular opposition parties. Gandhi responded positively to a suggestion in this connection by the CPI(M) leader,” a source in the Left party told leading new agency PTI. Meanwhile, Sitaram Yechury has also said that he is in touch with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav over the issue. Also Read - Planning Lockdown, Urging Flight Ban And Scaling up Testing: How Are Indian States Preparing to Combat Omicron
According to the reports of leading news channel NDTV, Nitish Kumar has urged Sonia Gandhi to lead the initiative as she is the leader of the largest Opposition party. On the other hand, it has also been reported that Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee, who is currently holding the post, could be fielded as by the opposition parties for a second term but as per the sources of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mukherjee would agree only if Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to renominate him. Also Read - #UPSCExtraAttempt: Why Are Civil Service Aspirants Demanding Another Chance?
Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure as President will complete on July 24. He took charge as the President of India in July 2012, defeating the NDA candidate, late PA Sangma. As per the reports of PTI, Mukherjee had secured 7.13 lakh votes as against 3.15 lakh polled by Sangma.
This time, Nationalist Congress Party Supremo, Sharad Pawar’s name has also come up for the presidential poll.