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Mamata meets Narendra Modi, hopes for consensual presidential candidate

On May 16, Mamata held talks with Sonia Gandhi over common presidential nominee from Opposition

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee coming out after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office in South Block in New Delhi

Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo on Thursday hoped for a consensus candidate for the presidential

"The President is the custodian of the Constitution and it will be very good for the entire country if we have a consensus candidate much like (late former President) A P J Abdul Kalam," Banerjee told the media after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Banerjee was in the national capital for the second time in a month and is slated to attend a luncheon meet at President Sonia Gandhi's residence on Friday. Prominent opposition leaders have been invited for the meet where the issue of selecting a consensus candidate for the presidential is to be discussed.

Banerjee on May 16 had held talks with Sonia Gandhi over a common presidential nominee from the Opposition ranks.

Talking about her meeting with Modi, Banerjee said she raised the issue of funds for to her state under various central schemes.

"Of the Rs 10,500 crore due we have got only Rs 2,000 crore so far. I apprised the Prime Minister about the Rs 8,000 crore that is still due. He said he will look into the matter," said Banerjee.

Asked if she had had a word with Modi on the presidential election, Banerjee said "no".

First Published: Thu, May 25 2017. 19:28 IST