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Presidential Election 2017: Sonia Gandhi speaks to Lalu

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

In an attempt to unify the opposition for the presidential election, president on Wednesday spoke to (RJD) chief Yadav.

According to sources, the duo talked over the phone regarding the presidential

Lalu also spoke to (BSP) chief and requested her to attend August 27 rally.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Minister Gandhi to discuss the upcoming presidential elections and said a consensus candidate will prove to be beneficial for the nation.

"Today was an important meeting. We have discussed important issues regarding politics and presidential both. In political matters there is some political vendetta going on. We haven't discusses any names. We want a consensus candidate and that will be better for all of us. We have also decided the opposition should work together," Banerjee told media here.

She further said that both the leaders will meet again most probably next week as the presidential is approaching.

With President Pranab Mukherjee's term set to end in July, Gandhi has already Janata Dal-United JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar and Nationalist Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar.

According to reports, Pradesh Committee president Adhir Chowdhury has written a letter to the party high command, requesting her to deal with Banerjee carefully as most of the Trinamool (TMC) leaders are under the scanner in Saradha and Narada scams.

Sources in the TMC said that Banerjee might place President Mukherjee's name as one of her choices.

However looking at the present situation, where the party is on the radar due to the ongoing investigations involving several scams, the Chief Minister might settle for a common candidate selected by all major parties.

After meeting with the president, Banerjee may meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal next week.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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