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Mamata Meets Sonia Gandhi, Discusses Possibility of Joint Candidate For President

Banerjee said she would not disclose the discussions that took place but stressed that an ideological fight should be fought politically.

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Updated:May 16, 2017, 7:43 PM IST
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Mamata Meets Sonia Gandhi, Discusses Possibility of Joint Candidate For President
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (Left) And Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and discussed the possibility of supporting a joint candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

While so specific candidates were discussed, The Trinamool Congress chief told PTI the need for consensus was reiterated.

"We want the entire opposition to get together and come out with a consensus candidate who will be good for the country," she told reporters after the 40-minute meeting at 10 Janpath, the residence of the Congress chief.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was also present at the meeting here.

"There are so many political equations. We will talk together, we will discuss together. We will prefer a consensus candidate who will work for the country and will be a better candidate for the country," she said.

The meeting between Banerjee and Gandhi was part of a series of meetings that the Congress president has been holding with other political leaders for a possible joint candidate for the presidential poll.

Banerjee said if the Opposition wanted, it could set aside differences for this purpose.

"There is still time and we will meet again. But the government should also take the initiative for a consensus candidate," she said.

Banerjee said she would not disclose the discussions that took place but stressed that an ideological fight should be fought politically.

She also criticised the government for unleashing what she called a vendetta against its political rivals.

"In a democracy, it is not right to jail or book opponents by lodging false cases and using investigative agencies such as the CBI against them," she said.

(With PTI inputs)​

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