CPM will meet Mamata on presidential candidate: Yechury

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Prashant Acharya
SILIGURI
21 Apr 2017

CPIM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who was in Siliguri today, said his party is ready to meet Trinamool supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee to discuss the candidacy of the upcoming Presidential election.
Speaking at a public meeting, the veteran leader said the CPIM is ready to talk with Banerjee and other opposition leaders to prevent the BJP's candidate from becoming the next president of the country.
Yechury said he met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday to discuss the matter. "Presidential election should be conducted before July 25 and we do not want the BJP's candidate to take the chair," he said.
The CPIM has already decided after a thorough discussion by the party politburo that if there is a common presidential candidate from the Opposition, they would extend support, said Yechury.
Pranab Mukherjee, who took over as President on July 25, 2012, had to contest against the NDA government’s P.A. Sangma and prevailed with 713,763 votes while Sangma secured 315,987 votes.
When Yechury was asked whether the CPIM would support Mukherjee for a second term, he said, "There are several names coming up; we are discussing with opposition leaders regarding that."