West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that the Opposition parties will field a candidate for the Presidential election if the nominee suggested by the government is not acceptable to them.
“A small committee will be formed to decide on candidate for presidential election if no unanimity among parties,” Mamata said after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Mamata said the Opposition would accept a candidate of government choice “if he or she is secular and one who would uphold the Constitution”.
“For the Presidential election, the decision (of the meeting) is ‘Let us wait’ for the name of the candidate that may be given by the government, and if it satisfies all of us, then we can take a look at it. He should be secular and uphold the Constitution. If there is no consensus, then a committee (of opposition leaders) will be formed that will decide (on the candidate),” she said.
“Names for consensual candidate for presidential election was not discussed at Sonia Gandhi’s 17-party meet,” she said, adding, “We will come out with a joint statement soon.”
Banerjee said all the parties were united in criticism of the government over Kashmir, violence in Saharanpur and demonetisation.