A BJP committee to pick the next Presidential candidate is set to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday after meeting CPM’s Sitaram Yechury. Union minister Venkaiah Naidu spoke to BSP’s SC Mishra and NCP’s Praful Patel as well. The duo reportedly told Naidu that their parties will firm up their stand only after their meetings with committee.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Naidu were appointed by BJP president Amit Shah on June 12 to hold talks with opposition parties and allies in a bid to select a consensus candidate for the poll.
Sources told that the two BJP leaders on Wednesday have briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the election. The NDA candidate is likely to file the nomination papers on June 23, sources said. With President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ending on July 24, the Election Commission announced that polling will begin and end on July 17. Filing of nominations will end on June 28, EC said in a notification. The results will be announced on July 20.
Meanwhile, the Opposition leaders met to discuss the Presidential elections.
The convention included Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, TMC leader Derek O’Brien, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra, DMK leader R.S. Bharathi and NCP’s Praful Patel.
Earlier this week, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah formed a three-member committee, consisting Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley for consultations with the Opposition over candidates for the Presidential elections.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India on Wednesday issued a public notice through the office of the returning officer, seeking nominations of persons for the election to the office of the President of India.