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Presidential poll: AAP, Trinamool to ‘act together’ as Kejriwal meets Mamata

The Opposition parties are huddling together to collectively back a presidential nominee for defeating the ruling NDA government’s choice.

india Updated: May 19, 2017 22:45 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Saubhadra Chatterji
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Mamata Banerjee meets Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Admi Party may side with the Congress-led Opposition, for the first time, for the upcoming presidential election.

After an hour-long meeting between Delhi CM Kejriwal and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, she announced that the two parties will “act together in the presidential election”.”

“We are two political parties and when we met, obviously we spoke about politics and the presidential election. As I have said, we will act collectively,” she told HT.

Kejriwal’s support to an Congress-led opposition nominee will be seen as a clear shift in the AAP’s stand, which has often opposed INA and its party leaders.

The latest meeting in the Opposition camp happened a day after Banerjee and Congress president Sonia Gandhi met and decided to reach out to other parties before zeroing in on a candidate.

In the last presidential poll, Kejriwal’s Aam Admi Party was not in power in Delhi. This time, it has around 9,000 votes, which can only help the Opposition marginally bridge the gap with the ruling NDA’s votes.

First Published: May 17, 2017 20:50 IST