Farooq Abdullah withdraws his opposition presidential face name and issues a statement

Days after the opposition mulled names like Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Farooq Abdullah as joint presidential candidates at a meeting in New Delhi, the latter “respectfully retired” from the race on Saturday. In a published statement, the National Conference supremo expressed how honored he felt to have his name put forward as a possible joint opposition candidate for President of India, and subsequent calls that he received from leaders offering their support for his candidacy.

In a statement, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir highlighted how after the “unexpected development” he had discussions with his friends and family. “I believe Jammu and Kashmir is going through a critical moment and my efforts are needed to help navigate these uncertain times. I have much more active politics ahead of me and look forward to making a positive contribution to the service to J&K and the country,” he said, adding, “Therefore, I would respectfully remove my name from consideration and look forward to supporting the Common Opposition Consensus Candidate. “,

Joint candidate for the post of president

At the meeting convened by Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee on June 15, leaders of the Congress, Samajwadi Party, NCP, DMK and RJD took part. Also present at the meeting were the leaders of Shiv Sena, CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML), National Conference, PDP, JD(S), RSP, IUML, RLD and JMM, while AAP, SAD, AIMIM, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Odisha’s ruling BJD skipped it.

After the meeting, a press conference was held during which it was announced that the opposition leaders had adopted a resolution to present a common candidate. They are looking for a candidate who can stop the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the Center from doing “damage” to India’s social fabric and “truly serve as a guardian” of India’s Constitution. “We will consult other people. It’s a good start. We sat down together after several months and we will do it again,” Banerjee said.

As President Ram Nath Kovind’s term is set to end on July 24, the Election Commission of India has announced that elections, if necessary, to elect the new president will be held on July 18. The counting of votes, if necessary, will take place on July 21.