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While the main purpose of the meeting is speculated to be the selection of a Presidential candidate, the two leaders are also likely to discuss the formation of an anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
According to reports, Congress 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 Congress (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 West Bengal Chief Minister might settle for a common candidate selected by all major parties.
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