BJP Parliamentary Party Meet To Discuss Presidential Candidate Today

BJP Parliamentary Party Meet To Discuss Presidential Candidate Today

BJP Parliamentary Party Meet To Discuss Presidential Candidate Today

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday gave June 20 as a deadline to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to announce its choice for the post.

Meanwhile, AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai has said, "The party will meet soon and announce support to the Presidential candidate".

The board members will be briefed about the consultations undertaken by the party committee, comprising Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, M. Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, with allies and Opposition parties.

"There is no question of consensus on the issue as BJP has not mentioned any name, instead they tried asking us the same". Nomination form of the candidate is to be signed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 as seconders for each set.

Refusing to comment on NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind, Yechury said the opposition parties will decide their strategy during the June 22 meeting to be chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The elected representatives - all whom will vote in the election - will sign the papers nominating the NDA candidate.

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On Friday, the first meeting between the government and the opposition on presidential elections remained inconclusive as no names were discussed by either side.

The BJP Parliamentary Board meeting - which was scheduled to shortlist the candidate for the country's top post today - was attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah. The last date for filing of nominations is June 28. This stand could spoil chances of the likes of MS Swaminathan, as suggested by the Shiv Sena, and "Metro Man" E Sreedharan.

BJP president Amit Shah pointed out towards the party policy of considering the welfare of the Nation on priority basis. Naidu also met Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal. Naidu and Singh have already spoken to Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her residence.

The BJP wants a party loyalist who will "toe the party line" and at the same time "won't overshadow the persona of the prime minister", said political scientist and pro-vice chancellor at Jain University in Bangalore, Sandeep Shastri.

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