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Sharad Pawar not in Presidential race: NCP

According to a senior party leader, NCP chief Sharad Pawar is not keen on contesting the Presidential election, even though some opposition parties have supported his candidature for the Presidential poll.

This issue come up for discussion after Sharad Pawar met Maharashtra NCP ministers on Monday.

An MCP minister, who attended the meeting, said AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) leader Sanjay Singh met Sharad Pawar on Sunday and affirmed his party’s support for the Pawar for the next Presidential election.

Last week, senior Congress party leader Mallikarjun Kharge also pitched for Pawar’s name as the opposition’s joint candidate for the Presidential elections.

The Congress party has been reaching out to other opposition parties for a common candidate for the upcoming Presidential election 2022.

The BJP-led NDA is comfortably placed to win the Presidential poll, with its vote share of 50% mark of the total electors.

While there are 776 MPs of both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, each having 700 votes, there are 4033 legislators in states with different votes who will also elect the next President of India.

Though the final list of electors is yet to be notified, the NDA has 440 MPs in its support while the opposition UPA has around 180 MPs, besides 36 MPs of the TMC.