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Presidential poll on mind, Sitaram Yechury meets Sonia Gandhi

CPM has reportedly decided that if there is a common Presidential candidate from the Opposition, they would extend support.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: April 21, 2017 10:40 am
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Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury met Congress president Sonia Gandhi yesterday to discuss about the upcoming Presidential election. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also met Gandhi yesterday setting off speculation on the possibility of a united Opposition fielding a joint candidate for the upcoming Presidential election. 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.

With President Pranab Mukherjee’s term drawing to a close, there were reports that Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat was one of the contenders and Shiv Sena, through its mouthpiece Saamna, also threw its weight behind Bhagwat. Mukherjee, who took over as President on 25 July 2012, had to contest against NDA government’s P.A. Sangma and prevailed with 713,763 votes while Sangma got 315,987 votes.

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  1. Dharamvir Saihgal
    Apr 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm
    Who else is going to be a better opposition candidate than Mr.Yechuri himself ? The only other suitable alternative is the Congress president herself.Why wait for Lallu's opinion in this matter? He too is not a bad choice for the job.The opposition must act fast and may not neglect Congress VP's esteemed and valued opinion in this matter as well.
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      Sankaran Krishnan
      Apr 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm
      It is an wasteful exercise and with Ruling combine got better prospects and with few Non-BJP ruled States it is a cake walk for the NDA combine. If the so called Opposition Parties are very sincere and honest let them unitedly face the elections to the embly wherever it is due and in those States if Opposition Parties show unity they can avoid splitting in votes which will go either of the Two groups - Ruling combine Vs Opposition combine. If they are able to taste success then let them try in LS 2019 elections and let the voters of India decide whom they want BJP or Congress ???