Pursuing plans to put up a common opposition candidate for the presidential elections scheduled in July, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and discussed strategy to unite the opposition for their candidature against the ruling party BJP.
Earlier on Thursday, Bihar Chief Minister Nititsh Kumar met Congress Chief Sonal Gandhi and also issued an appeal to the opposition parties to field a common candidate for the presendential elections in July.
Nitish has also spoken up regarding this issue with the Yechury over the phone. CPM has already decided after a thorough discussion that if there is a common Presidential candidate from the Opposition, they would extend support.
JD-U national spokesperson K C Tyagi said, "There should a joint opposition candidate for the top Constitutional post and Sonia Gandhi being the leader of the largest opposition party should take the lead," he had said.
Pranab Mukherjee, who took over as President on 25 July 2012, had to contest against NDA government's PA Sangma and prevailed with 713,763 votes while Sangma got 315,987 votes.