Pawar meets Sonia amid talks of joint Prez nominee

Mumbai: Amid hectic negotiations over a joint presidential candidate by the opposition, Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar on Wednesday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and discussed the current political situation.

Gandhi has been spearheading the opposition unity in putting up a joint candidate to replace Pranab Mukherjee and has held a series of meeting with several leaders recently.

Amid talk of a joint presidential candidate being put up by non-Bharatiya Janata Party parties, Pawar discussed the issue with Gandhi during a half-an-hour meeting at her residence.

Pawars name is also doing the rounds among the probable joint opposition candidate for the presidential poll slated in July.

Gandhi had yesterday met Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav, whose name is among one of the probable candidates. However, Yadav had termed the meeting as a mere courtesy call.

She has earlier met Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja over the issue. –