Presidential candidate must be secular, acceptable to all: Mamata

Presidential candidate must be secular, acceptable to all: Mamata

Srinagar: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday stressed that the Presidential candidate must be acceptable to all and he/she should be a secular person.
Soon after the meeting with the Opposition leaders in New Delhi, she said, “No names were discussed on Presidential candidate. Hopefully, we will be able to announce it soon.”
Reports said, it was decided to form a 17-member committee (representative from all opposition parties) who will shortlist the ideal candidate for the Presidential post.
With Mamata stressing on ‘secular’ candidate – it is not yet clear whether she will oppose or support if BJP announce their ‘secular’ face for the post.
The total strength of electoral college for the presidential polls is 11, 04,546 votes and BJP-led NDA’s currently standing is nearly 5.38 lakh votes.
President Pranab Mukherjee is all set to retire in July.

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