Kolkata, 16 May: OPPOSITION political parties will hold a joint meeting in New Delhi over the next 10 days to finalise the name of a consensus candidate for the Presidential election due in July, Trinamool chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said after meeting Congress president in the Capital today afternoon.
“We have discussed political matters, including putting up a consensus candidate for Presidential election. Sonia-ji will carry out further discussion with leaders of other parties and then we all might meet again in 10 days to finalise a name,” she told journalists on emerging out of the Congress president’s 10 Janpath Road residence.
The Trinamool chief said that Congress vice- president Rahul Gandhi had also joined in the meeting towards the end. She accused the BJP-led Central government of running a political vendetta against the opposition parties.
“They are targeting different people one after another and sending agencies to raid. Lalu-ji, Mayawati-ji, Akhilesh, Navin Patnaik, Chidambaram, Kejriwal, and even our party. This is not done: let you fight us politically instead of waging a vendetta,” Banerjee said.
Later in the evening she called on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Chief Minister is scheduled to fly back to Kolkata tomorrow after a meeting with Aam Admi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.