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Presidential Election 2017: Prakash Ambedkar emerging top pick of Left parties

Hyderabad: Prakash Ambedkar, former MP and grandson of BR Ambedkar, is emerging as as the top pick of Left parties for the presidential election.

CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury is holding informal consultations with the Congress and non-NDA parties to know their opinion about his candidature, sources in Left parties said on Wednesday.

File image of Prakash Ambedkar. News18

File image of Prakash Ambedkar. News18

"We are thinking of Prakash Ambedkar. If the Congress and other opposition parties agree, we will put him up (for the 17 July presidential election)," a source in CPM told PTI.

63-year-old Prakash is a former Lok Sabha member from Akola in Maharashtra and is the leader of Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh.

The Left parties are firm that the opposition must put up its candidate against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind, though they are well aware that the numbers are loaded against them, the sources said.

"It will be a political contest, we are not expecting to win the election," a top Left leader said. Senior leaders of non-NDA parties, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP president Sharad Pawar and Yechury, are slated to meet tomorrow to discuss the issue.

Earlier it was learned that besides Ambedkar, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, ex-Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, CPI national secretary D Raja and retired diplomat Gopal Krishna Gandhi are being considered as probable contenders by Opposition parties.

Published Date: Jun 21, 2017 16:56 PM | Updated Date: Jun 21, 2017 16:56 PM

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