Farooq Abdullah said, "I believe that Jammu and Kashmir is passing through a critical juncture and my efforts are required to help navigate these uncertain times. I have a lot more active politics ahead of me and look forward to making a positive contribution in the service of J&K and the country."
He added, "Therefore I would like to respectfully withdraw my name from consideration and I look forward to supporting the joint opposition consensus candidate."
In a statement, Farooq Abdullah said that he was honoured that his name was proposed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as a possible joint Opposition candidate but withdrew his name from consideration.
After the opposition meeting in Delhi, Sharad Pawar tweeted, "I sincerely appreciate the leaders of Opposition parties for suggesting my name as a candidate for the election of the President of India. However, I would like to state that I have humbly declined the proposal.”