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Cong to take a call on Presidential candidate after consulting

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The said today that the party's president and vice president and the working committee after consultation with all opposition leaders will take a conscious, concerted and balanced call on a joint Presidential candidate by the opposition.

There have been hectic parleys over a joint candidate for the of President by the opposition in place of Pranab Mukherjee, amid demands for putting up a united fight.

"The party will decide upon a Presidential candidate after consulting and taking into confidence all its allies as also all other Opposition Parties.

"The President, Vice President and the Working Committee, after consultation with all leaders of the opposition parties, will take a conscious, concerted and balanced call on the issue," communications department incharge of Randeep Surjewala said.

He said as soon as it is decided, the party will be very happy to share it with the media and has "nothing to hide".

"When that stage arrives, we will be very happy to inform the media. So far, that stage has not arisen. So, the question of individual's name does not arise as yet," he said.

Surjewala also played down the meeting of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Sonia Gandhi, saying it was merely a courtesy call.

"It was a regular courtesy call between two allies. To convert it into any other discussion perhaps would be unwarranted," he said.

He said that Nitish Kumar met Vice President Rahul Gandhi when he visited Bihar and met President Sonia Gandhi when he was in Delhi.

Besides Nitish Kumar, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury had yesterday met Sonia Gandhi on possible confabulations over a joint presidential candidate by the opposition.

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First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 21:29 IST