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Presidential poll on mind, Yechury meets Sonia Gandhi

22 April 2017

Meanwhile, JD (U) general secretary K. C. Tyagi has refused to on the Nitish-Sonia meeting, limiting himself to saying that it was a personal meeting related to her health.

"Instead of reacting to Narendra Modi, we should be setting our own agenda", Nitish Kumar was quoted as telling Mrs Gandhi when he met her on Thursday at her 10 Janpath home in Delhi.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM) 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.

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The meeting followed a discussion between Gandhi and Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) president Nitish Kumar on the issue yesterday, sources said.

Barely a day before Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had called on the Congress president in New Delhi and discussed certain issues. "In the next few days, Sonia is likely to hold many such one-on-one meetings with the Opposition leaders", a senior Congress leader confided. It was not clear whether Nitish and Sonia discussed who would lead a possible Opposition front.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on upcoming presidential polls.

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"We are sticking to our stand".

Yechury too had yesterday expressed the need for the opposition parties to field a consensus candidate for the election to ensure "secular supervision" of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. "Congress being the largest party should take the lead in the matter", Tyagi told The Indian Express. Sources said that the meeting comes after Sonia called up Nitish last week in Patna.

The names of both JD (U) veteran Sharad Yadav and NCP chief Sharad Pawar are doing the rounds. She also slammed the BJP for indulging in "divisive" politics.

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Lalu added "We have won the election when we are in alliance with each other and we have lost where we are not together".

Presidential poll on mind, Yechury meets Sonia Gandhi