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Prez polls: Body to select nominee if Oppn fails on consensus, says Mamata

She said no names were discussed at the lunch-cum-meeting at the Parliament House Library

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister on Friday said if opposition parties could not agree on a unanimous candidate for the upcoming presidential election, a "small committee" could be formed to help them select a suitable nominee.

Banerjee, who attended president Sonia Gandhi's lunch for 17 opposition parties in New Delhi, said no names were discussed at the lunch-cum-meeting at the House Library.


Senior opposition leaders at the meeting also criticised the (NDA) government, which marks its third year in power at the Centre on Friday.

(RJD) leader and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, who was among the invitees, said the had "failed" on all fronts.

"Its only achievement is that it has set the flag fluttering in Kashmir for the first time after independence," he said.

Banerjee told reporters after the lunch that the parties present criticised the "horrible" situation in Kashmir, where security forces were battling civilians, and in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district, which has been witnessing caste clashes since April.

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