Presidential Election 2017: Mamata Banerjee hopes for consensus on candidate

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday hoped for a consensus candidate for the presidential election.

IANS May 25, 2017 17:29:49 IST
Presidential Election 2017: Mamata Banerjee hopes for consensus on candidate

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday hoped for a consensus candidate for the presidential election.

Presidential Election 2017 Mamata Banerjee hopes for consensus on candidate

File photo of Mamata Banerjee. PTI

"The President is the custodian of the Constitution and it will be very good for the entire country if we have a consensus candidate much like (late former President) APJ Abdul Kalam," Banerjee told the media after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Banerjee was in the national capital for the second time in a month and is slated to attend a luncheon meet at Congress president Sonia Gandhi's residence on Friday. Prominent Opposition leaders have been invited for the meet where the issue of selecting a consensus candidate for the presidential election is to be discussed.

Banerjee on 16 May had held talks with Sonia over a common presidential nominee from the Opposition ranks.

Talking about her meeting with Modi, Banerjee said she raised the issue of funds for to her state under various central schemes.

"Of the Rs 10,500 crore due we have got only Rs 2,000 crore so far. I apprised the prime minister about the Rs 8,000 crore that is still due. He said he will look into the matter," said Banerjee.

Asked if she had had a word with Modi on the presidential election, Banerjee said "no".

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Mamata says TMC govt is arranging free COVID vaccine for everyone in Bengal; priority will be given to healthcare workers, cops
India

Mamata says TMC govt is arranging free COVID vaccine for everyone in Bengal; priority will be given to healthcare workers, cops

Mamata's announcement of free vaccination comes ahead of the West Bengal Assembly election, which is likely to be held over April and May this year

West Bengal parties mull anti-BJP alliance: TMC asks CPM, Congress to back Mamata; INC says join forces with us
India

West Bengal parties mull anti-BJP alliance: TMC asks CPM, Congress to back Mamata; INC says join forces with us

The BJP, which has emerged as a potent force in the state, said the TMC's suggestion amounted to admission that it was not in a position to take on the saffron party on its own in the assembly polls in West Bengal due in April-May

West Bengal polls 2021: Relying on defectors will exacerbate existing tensions, BJP will have to reinvent itself
Politics

West Bengal polls 2021: Relying on defectors will exacerbate existing tensions, BJP will have to reinvent itself

The AIMIM foray may not amount to much in Bengal, given the distinctly Bengali identity of Bengali Muslims. Nevertheless, that will play into the equation. But BJP can't rely on Owaisi to mount a challenge to the TMC, especially with Banerjee’s latest slew of welfare schemes pulling a lot of popular heft.