Presidential Election 2017: Top Oppn leaders attend Congress president Sonia Gandhi's lunch
Leaders of 17 opposition parties on Friday attended a luncheon meet convened by Congress President Sonia Gandhi to find a consensus candidate for the presidential election.
New Delhi: Leaders of 17 opposition parties on Friday attended a luncheon meet convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Parliament House as part of efforts to find a consensus candidate for the presidential election.
The lunch was attended by former prime minister Manmohan Singh, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav along with his party leaders Naresh Aggarwal and Ramgopal Yadav.
Other leaders who attended included Kanimozhi (DMK), D. Raja (CPI), Sitaram Yechury (CPM) and Omar Abdullah (National Conference).
Representatives of JD(S), Kerala Congress, AIUDF, IUML, RSP and JMM were also present.
Senior Congress leaders, including party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjuna Kharge, Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad attended the meet.
'Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should be Congress chief. Rahul Gandhi says, nobody from Gandhi family should become one. Women become a part of that family where they go after marriage. Today, she's Vadra family's daughter-in-law, not a part of Gandhi family,' Congress MP Abdul Khaleque said
Tharoor's close aide Aalim Javeri collected the forms from the office of the party's central election authority chairman Madhusudan Mistry at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi on the first day of the start of the nomination process
The meeting comes amid indications that Tharoor may contest the Congress president's election and may file his nominations which will begin on 25 September.