1. Need candidate with impeccable secular credentials for President post: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury

Need candidate with impeccable secular credentials for President post: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury

There is a need to field a candidate with impeccable secular credentials for the presidential elections in July considering the "situation prevailing in the country", CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said today.

By: | Published: May 6, 2017 4:10 PM
CPI, CPIM, Sitaram Yechury There is a need to field a candidate with impeccable secular credentials for the presidential elections in July considering the “situation prevailing in the country”, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said today. (Image: The Indian Express)

There is a need to field a candidate with impeccable secular credentials for the presidential elections in July considering the “situation prevailing in the country”, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said today. His remarks came at a time when “like-minded” opposition parties are mulling over fielding a common candidate for the presidential polls. The Marxist party has already agreed to the idea of fielding a consensual candidate. “Do you want communal supervision or secular supervision of the Constitution? We want secular supervision,” he said, replying to a query by media persons. Opposition leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, have held a series of meetings over the issue recently. Gandhi has been at the forefront of efforts for forging opposition unity on fielding a joint presidential candidate. Pranab Mukherjee, a Congress veteran who was elected as president in 2012, will demit office in July.

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