Presidential polls: Non-BJP parties strive to unite, present common candidate

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 22, 2017

It was obsereved that the meeting was scheduled to unite the opposition over President Election that are to be held in July.

Emphasizing that the post of presidential is critical, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Friday said all the Left-front has chose to find a firm and secular candidate who is committed to the Indian Constitution.

CPM has already decided after a thorough discussion in their Politburo that if there is a common Presidential candidate from the Opposition, they would extend support.

West Bengal Chief Minister met her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik at his residence on Thursday. "The idea is to find somebody on whose name all of us can unite", a senior CPM leader said.

"There was no discussion on the presidential candidate or on a bigger alliance".

CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and is learnt to have discussed the possibility of "like-minded" opposition parties fielding a common candidate for the presidential poll.

The JD (U) also used the meeting to call for a joint opposition candidate for the election to the President's post and urged Gandhi to take the lead in the matter.

"We are sticking to our stand". This is the second meeting between Sonia and Kumar after the spectacular victory in Bihar polls in 2015.According to Congress sources, Sonia stressed on the need for the Opposition to work closely in the near future and she also insisted that the Opposition leaders should meet more often. A common Presidential nominee by Opposition parties will be the touchstone of the larger Opposition unity against BJP. Sources said that the meeting comes after Sonia called up Nitish last week in Patna. "Rather, the regional parties can together defeat the BJP", Mamata later told mediapersons. Alternatively, what are the chances of non-BJP leaders agreeing to nominate somebody like historian Irfan Habib - a man unconnected with politics - for the post?

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