West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has thrown her weight behind Congress and joined the battle for a joint candidate for the upcoming presidential election by meeting Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday.
“We want the entire Opposition to get together and come out with a consensus candidate who will be good for the country,” Banerjee told reporters. Adding further she said “There are so many political equations. We will talk together, we will discuss together. We will prefer a consensus candidate who will work for the country and will be a better candidate for the country.”
Banerjee said the names of the candidates were not discussed during the 40 minute meeting which also saw Rahul Gandhi’s presence. Sonia Gandhi has been meeting all the opposition leaders in order to get their support for the Presidential Polls which falls due this year.
“There is still time and we will meet again. But the government should also take the initiative for a consensus candidate,” she said. She also noted “In a democracy, it is not right to jail or book opponents by lodging false cases and using investigative agencies such as the CBI against them.” In a much expected statement, Banerjee lashed out at the ruling BJP Government which has unleashed political vendetta against its rivals.