Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday will hold a meeting with several Opposition leaders to discuss presidential polls and put up a united fight against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance.
The presidential polls will take place on July 18 and the results will be declared on July 21.
Chief Minister Banerjee flew to New Delhi on Tuesday and met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar at his residence.
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Manoj Jha and AD Singh, representing RJD, were seen arriving for the meet. Shiv Sena is being represented by Priyanka Chaturvedi and Subhash Desai. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah is also one of the attendees.
JD(S) is represented by HD Kumaraswamy while DMK's TR Baalu is also among those attending the meet.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said he was not invited to the meeting called by Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with the Opposition leaders to discuss the Presidential polls.
Speaking to ANI over the phone, Mr Owaisi said, "I was not invited. Even if I were invited, I would not have participated. The reason is Congress. The TMC party which speaks ill about us, even if they had invited us, we would not have gone just because they invited the Congress."
Chief Minister Banerjee last week invited leaders of 19 political parties, including seven chief ministers, for a meeting in the national capital to produce a "confluence of opposition voices" for the election on July 18.
Leaders from the Shiromani Akali Dal, Aam Aadmi Party and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi won't attend the meeting, sources in the three parties said. A BJD leader added on condition of anonymity that the party had not yet received any instruction from their chief Naveen Patnaik. Senior leader Pinaki Misra is also not in the country.
Party leaders invited to the meeting include Arvind Kejriwal (AAP), Naveen Patnaik (BJD), K Chandrashekar Rao (TRS), M K Stalin (DMK), Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena) Hemant Soren (JMM), Akhilesh Yadav (SP), D Raja (CPI), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Lalu Prasad (RJD), Jayant Chaudhary (RLD), former prime minister H D Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy (JD-S), Farooq Abdullah (National Conference), Mehbooba Mufti (PDP), Sukhbir Singh Badal (SAD), Pawan Chamling (Sikkim Democratic Front), and K M Kader Mohideen (IUML).
Some parties, including the BSP and the AIMIM, were not invited.