New Delhi, May 25, 2017: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will not be participating in the opposition parties luncheon meet called by Congress President Sonia Gandhi at the Parliament Library Building to decide on a joint presidential candidate for the upcoming Presidential election slated to be held in July 2017.
Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav, who is also likely a contender for the post, will attend the meeting on Friday.
Other leaders attending the meeting include West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, and RJD chief Lalu Prasad. Sources said invitations have been sent to JD(U), CPI, CPI-M, SP, DMK, NCP, RJD and TMC besides regional parties.
However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is missing from the list of invitees.
There have been a series of names which have come up regarding this position, the names of former West Bengal governor, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar and JD(U) veteran Sharad Yadav are reportedly coming up as possible nominees.
Earlier this month, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee had met Congress President Sonia Gandhi to discuss a common Opposition candidate and conveyed that her party was in favour of a consensus candidate for the presidential election.
On May 21, BJP President Amit Shah had said that the party is yet to take a decision on its presidential candidate and rejected Shiv Sena’s proposal for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s name for the position.