Should field a joint candidate in presidential election: D Raja

Patna: CPI general secretary D Raja on Tuesday said all the secular parties in the country should make a general approval on fielding a joint candidate to take on the BJP-led ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the upcoming presidential elections. Talking to the media in Patna, Raja said, "I am meeting leaders of secular democratic parties to discuss the need to field a united opposition candidate in the upcoming presidential elections."
 
He said, "Our party is in favour of supporting a common candidate set up by all secular democratic parties." He further said, "I had met RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav here on Monday in this regard." Significantly, the term of President Ram Nath Kovind is going to end in July this year. For the election of the President, the electoral college consists of the elected MPs and MLAs of the states. While the vote value of an MP is 708, the vote value of MLAs differs from state to state.

Raja said, "We will also hold discussions with Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress and other secular parties in this regard. It would be really good if a common candidate is fielded." CPI leader Atul Kumar Anjan said, "It is time for all secular parties to unite against the BJP-led NDA in the upcoming presidential election." Anjan also said that the CPI will strengthen its base in Bihar in the coming days. He said, "The party will organize a 4-day state-level conference in Banka district of the state from September 18."

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