Sonia, Mamata discuss crackdown against opposition

17 May 2017 | Written by Gaurav Jeyaraman; Edited by Ramya Patelkhana
Opposition uniting against Centre

Sonia Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee held a meeting to discuss who they would field as a common opposition candidate for the presidential polls.

Both of them agreed that a common opposition figure would help electoral chances. In the meeting the two also discussed the Centre's crackdown on corruption.

They called it "vendetta" politics, saying all enemies of the Centre would be harassed by agencies.

In context: Opposition uniting against Centre

17 May 2017Sonia, Mamata discuss crackdown against opposition

Common candidate good for India says Mamata

After the meeting TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee said, "India is a vast country and unity is our biggest strength. Hence it is better for the country to go in for a consensus candidate."
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UnitingOpposition unites against Centre

Opposition parties have not yet decided upon a common candidate for the presidential elections. However, discussions are underway.

In addition, opposition parties are also considering forming a coalition for the 2019 general elections and nominate a common Prime Ministerial candidate.

Opposition parties also posed a united front against the opposition on the matter of allegedly rigged EVMs being used in elections.

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She said, "confrontation cannot be the way to function in a democracy...whoever they (the Centre) don't like they will send to jail, put CBI behind them, mark them as terrorists... whether it is Naveenji, Laluji, Chidambaramji, Akhilesh, Mayawati, Kejriwal, Virbhadraji and also us (TMC)."