Mamata-led non-BJP parties meet today

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New Delhi:  Opposition parties are meeting on Wednesday to decide on a joint candidate for the presidential election, which is scheduled for July 18. The meeting of non-BJP parties to devise a strategy for the upcoming elections, has been called by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will, however, boycott the meeting.

Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress supremo, wrote to 22 opposition leaders and chief ministers last week, inviting them to the meeting on June 15, at the Constitution Club in New Delhi.

On Saturday, she sent a letter to 22 non-BJP leaders, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

In the letter, she stated that the presidential election provides the ideal opportunity for all progressive opposition parties to reconvene and deliberate on the future course of Indian politics, which is plagued by the divisive force.

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