Former Governor Margaret Alva would be the joint Opposition’s vice presidential candidate, stated Nationalist Congress Occasion (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday.

Pawar made the announcement after Opposition leaders on Sunday met at his residence in Delhi to debate their joint vice presidential candidate.

Pawar stated that 17 events unanimously assist Alva and efforts are on to safe additional assist.

“Seventeen events are on board for this unanimous choice. Our collective considering is Alva will file VP nomination on Tuesday. We are attempting to contact Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal. Final time they supported our joint presidential candidate,” stated Pawar.

Alva is a five-term Member of Parliament and a former Union minister. She stated it is a privilege and an honour to have this nomination.

“It’s a privilege and an honour to be nominated because the candidate of the joint opposition for the put up of Vice President of India. I settle for this nomination with nice humility and thank the leaders of the opposition for the religion they’ve put in me. Jai Hind,” stated Alva in a tweet.

Alva’s identify’s announcement comes a day after the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) introduced West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar because the BJP-led Nationwide Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) vice presidential candidate. Numbers are strongly stacked in Dhankhar’s favour.

The Opposition assembly on Sunday was attended by all main opposition events together with the Congress, Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress, Left Entrance constituents, RJD, SP, and others.

Among the many attendees had been Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh, CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja and Binoy Viswam, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, DMK’s T R Baalu and Tiruchi Siva, SP’s Ram Gopal Yadav, MDMK’s Vaiko and TRS’ Ok Keshava Rao.

The RJD’s A D Singh, IMUL’s E T Mohammed Basheer and Kerala Congress (M)’s Jose Ok. Mani had been additionally current.

Earlier, the Opposition had introduced Yashwant Sinha as their presidential candidate forward of NDA’s Droupadi Murmu, resulting in a number of non-BJP events together with even Congress allies Shiv Sena and the JMM veering in direction of Murmu. This time the like-minded events needed to attend for the announcement of the NDA candidate.

Shiv Sena has this time supported Alva’s candidature. 

“We’re all collectively on this election,” saod Sena’s Sanjay Raut. 

NDA’s candidate Dhankhar, a Jat chief from Rajasthan, might affect the electoral calculations in Rajasthan and Haryana, which go to elections in 2023 and 2024 respectively.

The final date for submitting of nominations for the vice presidential election is July 19.

(With PTI inputs)


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