No consensus, cooperation unless government gives a name: Congress on Prez poll
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 14:29
"BJP leaders did not mention any name, instead tried asking us the same.They haven't given any names, so there is no question of talks", said senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, after a 30-minute meeting between Sonia Gandhi and BJP leaders Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh ended.
Sources told that the two BJP leaders on Wednesday have briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the election.
Both ministers will also hold separate consultations with Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury in the afternoon, today. The last date for filing of nomination is June 28.
Asked about the possibility of a consensus, senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who was also present, said the ministers have not given any names. No names, however, were discussed at the meeting.
"It was a preliminary meeting". The Uddhav Thackeray-led party has voted independently of BJP in last two Presidential elections.
His proximity to Advani is said to be one of the reasons for being sidelined in the party.
The TMC too, sources said, has conveyed to Gandhi that if BJP projects Sushma Swaraj or even a woman candidate, they will not be in a position to oppose.
"No finalisation of name is possible", he said adding the sub group of the opposition parties will meet in the next few days and discuss in detail by when the government would have also discussed with the opposition parties its choice.
".since no names are being given, there is no question of any discussion and cooperation".
Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief Lalu Prasad told the media that they would "remove" BJP. Azad and majority of others are willing to wait for the government's move, while Yechury is pushing for a contest.