Prez Poll: Rajnath, Nadda Reach Out to Oppn Leaders Mamata, Kharge, Akhilesh as BJP Seeks to Evolve Consensus

PREZ POLL: RAJNATH, NADDA REACH OUT TO OPPN LEADERS MAMATA, KHARGE, AKHILESH AS BJP SEEKS TO EVOLVE CONSENSUS

The defence minister will visit various forward areas and review the preparedness of Indian armed forces. (Image: Twitter/File)




Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday spoke to opposition leaders Mamata Banerjee, Mallikarjun Kharge and Akhilesh Yadav to evolve a consensus for the presidential candidate for the elections on July 18. Sources said the senior BJP leader made calls to these leaders, on a day the opposition held a big meeting to discuss a joint candidate for the polls.

The BJP has authorised Singh and national president JP Nadda to consult with other parties for building consensus on a presidential candidate. The defence minister made calls to Kharge, Banerjee and Yadav besides some other leaders. Opposition leaders asked Singh about BJP-led NDA’s nominee for the presidential election, sources added.

Singh has also spoken to BJD chief Naveen Patnaik as well as NDA ally and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Nadda, meanwhile, reached out to allies NPP and LJP. The party president also spoke to National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, whose name is one of the two to come up during the opposition meeting.

According to sources, Singh and Patnaik discussed the upcoming presidential elections. It should be noted that the BJD skipped the meeting of opposition parties convened by Mamata Banerjee. The Odisha CM is likely to go with the NDA as a result of his discussion with Singh, sources added.










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