Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has declined to be the presidential candidate who would represent the anti-BJP front, giving the possible coalition a big jolt. Pawar, a former chief minister of Maharashtra who harboured ambitions of becoming prime minister, has declined the offer because he apparently does not see the numbers stacking up in his favour.
There has been an active effort to cobble up an anti-BJP coalition in order to halt the saffron party’s electoral juggernaut that has demolished all but a few opposition parties in its path. It is believed that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is also Trinamool Congress chief, discussed this coalition as well as the presidential elections recently.
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