Presidential election 2017: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is likely to join forces with the Opposition ahead of the election for India’s top post. On Friday, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yachuri met Delhi chief minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal to discuss over the forthcoming presidential elections which is scheduled to take place on July 17.
As per an Indian Express report, both leaders also discussed over the possibility of AAP’s participation in joint protest over agrarian crisis. AAP is so far not a part of the united opposition. However, Kejriwal has reportedly agreed to join hands with the Opposition not only for the Presidential election 2017, but also over a possible joint protest on the farmers’ issues in the days to come.
The recent death of people during farmers’ protest in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh has made agrarian distress a hotbed for politics across the country and several Opposition parties are now planning to organise a joint campaign to highlight the issue.
The Indian Express report also says that several one-on-one discussions are taking place between various leaders and a structured meeting of the Opposition parties is likely to happen soon for arriving at a consensus on the nomination of Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates. A senior opposition leader said, “There are several parties involved…so a consensus will take time.”
It is also being said that there could be a possibility of a joint public action by the Opposition leaders to take forward the agrarian issue. Various senior leaders from the Opposition are also planning to visit places where farmers’ are holding protests to show support with them. Sources told IE that Opposition leaders could also visit places such as Mandola village in Ghaziabad, where farmers are demanding compensation for their land acquired for a housing scheme.
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CPI(M) farmers’ wing, All India Kisan Sabha, has also got in touch with various peasant organisations, contradicting their ideological affiliations, in connection with the meeting which is scheduled to happen on June 16. The meeting is aimed at coming up with a common action programme to press their demands. Farmers’ loan waiver and fixing of minimum support price (MSP) by ensuring 50 per cent profit to farmers would be the two main agenda of the meet.
Country’s largest opposition party Congress, on Friday, demanded Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s resignation over the Mandsaur incident.