An Opposition Applicant For President Examines Sonia Gandhi Back In Gripe

 After Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, the Left's Sitaram Yechury has met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to consider jointly fielding an opposition candidate facing the nominee of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the election for President in July. Lalu Yadav of the RJD has said he too will meet the Congress President, has consciously been keeping a low profile. 

"The President's post is very critical, and we require a candidate who is committed to the Indian constitution to secure democratic values. It is a search to find a common candidate," said Mr Yechury, who accepted that Nitish Kumar has met him too. The Left has also been in touch with other heads like Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party and Lalu Yadav.

At his talk, Mr Kumar asked Mrs Gandhi to the lead the initiative. "Sonia Gandhi being the leader of the largest opposition party should take the lead," said KC Tyagi of Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United).

Lalu Yadav talked about a "mahagathbandan" or Grand Alliance today saying, "We have always wanted the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Mamtaji to unite to fight against communal forces. They should come onto one platform." The Bihar politician pointed out that, "we win when we're together, lose when not.

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