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Odisha CM for common secular presidential candidate: Yechury Pitch for ‘Secular’ Presidential Candidate

Odisha CM for common secular presidential candidate: Yechury Pitch for ‘Secular’ Presidential Candidate

Bhubaneswar, May 4: (By Prasant Kumar Bhuyan) –Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will make efforts to get elected a candidate with secular credentials as the President of India CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here and held discussions on fielding parties for the President’s post. Election to the country’s highest constitutional office will be held in July when the term of President Pranab Mukhrjee ends. “I met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and held discussions on selecting the next President of India. However, the CPI-M General Secretary refrained from disclosing He candidate with impeccable secular credentials should be nominated to the post,” said Yechury. “The Chief Minister agreed with me on this count”, the Communist Party of India-Marxist leader added He said we desire to work together to have a suitable secular candidate as the President of India,” Yechury told reporters after his meeting with Patnaik at the state secretariat here today. Yechury said no name of a likely candidate cropped up during the discussion.Support from the Biju Janata Dal, which has more than 32,500 votes claimed Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.“Today I met the Chief Minister. The basic issue of our discussion was the forthcoming presidential election. The name of the probable candidate the Opposition has zeroed in. “When the time comes we will tell you,” remarked Yechury in response to a question by reporters on who was the Opposition’s probable candidate ruling National Democratic Alliance. Earlier, Patnaik said his BJD will reveal its cards only after the NDA nominates its candidate. Will be of vital importance for the Opposition to give a fighting chance against the ruling National Democratic Alliance. Earlier, Patnaik had said that BJD will reveal its cards only after the nominees are announced. The issue of Opposition fielding a common candidate for the post of President of India has been discussed with the Congress, NCP, JDU, JDS and RJD, the senior CPI-M leader informed. Support from the Biju Janata Dal, which has more than 32,500 votes in the presidential election,

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