Presidential Polls: Many In Opposition Would Support NDA Candidate, Says Kailash Vijayvargiya

Congress president Sonia Gandhi met CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and is also expected to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to discuss the presidential polls.

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Presidential Polls: Many In Opposition Would Support NDA Candidate, Says Kailash Vijayvargiya

Presidential Poll: BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said a final call would be taken in an NDA meet.

New Delhi:  The BJP's national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya today described the Congress' effort to forge opposition unity for presidential poll as a "fight for political existence". The senior leader claimed that many opposition parties, in fact, would openly support the BJP-led NDA candidate for the presidential poll.

"The Congress, the CPI(M) and other political parties are trying to gang up against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after their successive defeats in various elections. They have come together to save their own political existence which is at stake," Mr Vijayvargiya said.

"Now they are coming together for the presidential poll. Let me tell you, this time too they will be defeated. Many from the opposition camp will come out in support of the BJP and NDA candidate for presidential poll," the senior leader told PTI in an interview. His comments followed the Congress chief's initiative to form an opposition front to fight the presidential election. 

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had met CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and is also expected to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in this regard.

"The opposition wants to project their candidate for the presidential election. It's fine. But let me tell you their strategy will fall flat in front of Modiji. We believe in 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas'. They believe in appeasement politics," Mr Vijayvargiya said. 

Mr Vijayvargiya, however, refused to comment on whether the BJP had already decided on any candidate, saying that the final call would be taken in a meeting of the NDA.

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"Our party president will talk to NDA partners and decide on it. I can't comment on it," he said.

Asked whether the BJP would be able to hold the NDA together ahead of the presidential poll, he claimed, "Not only NDA partners, some parties from opposition camp will also come out in our support."

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