Rahul Gandhi to visit DMK chief Karunanidhi on his birthday on June 3 with a special message

Rahul Gandhi will head a team of top Opposition leaders who will meet DMK boss Karunanidhi on his birthday on June 3 in Chennai. Deciding a name for Opposition's candidate for presidential election will be on top of the agenda.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be leading a team of Opposition leaders to meet M Karunanidhi in Chennai on June 3, the birthday of DMK chief.

Rahul's Chennai is scheduled less than a month before the presidential election and sources said the Congresss leader will be holding talks Karunanidhi on a range of topics. Top on Rahul's agenda is getting DMK's support for Opposition's candidate for presidential election.

Sources said that on June 3, the blue print of Opposition's strategy for presidential poll will be finalised.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had proposed the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar to be Opposition's candidate for presidential election. However, Paward rejected the offer.

"There was a meeting between Pawar and Gandhi, in which the issue of candidates for the post of president was also discussed. Pawar clearly informed Gandhi that she should consider somebody else's name," NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.

"I am not keen on contesting," Pawar was d by Malik as telling Sonia Gandhi in the meeting that took place in New Delhi in the last week of April.

Rahul Gandhi is also likely to discuss formation of a grand alliance ahead of 2019 elections to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party's juggernaut. Opposition's strategy for Parliament's monsoon session, Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax heat on several Opposition leaders are the other issues which would be on the agenda too.

The Opposition will also discuss and chart out its future strategy to take on the Narendra Modi government which is completing three years in office.


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