New Delhi: Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi is hosting a
luncheon meeting of key opposition parties on 26th May, 2017 to brainstorm over
the possibility of fielding a joint candidate. After the meeting, Opposition
parties issued a joint statement read by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad MP and Shri
Sharad Yadav, MP as follow :-
We express our heartfelt thanks to Smt. Sonia Gandhi for inviting
us for lunch.
Elections to the posts of President and Vice-President are forthcoming.
The normal practice has been, that the ruling party takes the initiative to
build a consensus, on the names of the candidates for these important offices.
This has not happened so far. If acceptable, consensual candidates
do not emerge, then we (Opposition parties) shall decide to field such persons
who shall steadfastly defend the constitutional values of our Republic.
Opposition Parties expressed their resolve to strengthen floor
coordination in Parliament to unitedly oppose this Government’s policies that
are imposing unprecedented burden on all sections of our people, farmers,
working people, youth, SC/STs, Minorities, women and other weaker sections of
the society in various parts of the country.
The Opposition parties also expressed concern over the prevailing
grave situation in Jammu & Kashmir