BJP Parliamentary Board meets to finalise President nominee

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

Reports on Saturday said BJP has prepared four sets of nomination papers, leaving the space for the name of the candidate blank. Mr Paswan said, his party stands by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision.

Speculations are there that the Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu's names are on the BJP's wishlist. The nomination of the BJP Presidential candidate is likely to be filed by June 23, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving for the United States on June 24.

This three-member committee was constituted by Shah last week and it comprised of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Rajnath Singh, M. Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley. The Prime Minister is set to return home a day before that. The Samajwadi Party leaders are understood to have preferred a politician as President.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued the notification in this regard and the process of the nomination has started that will continue till June 28.

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The BJP President met Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai.

The BJP is expected to win the Presidential election comfortably. I have informed him about everything happening in the connection of presidential elections.

On the opposition side, there are hints that the non-BJP parties may announce their candidate by Wednesday if the BJP does not come out with its nominee.

Last week, Rajnath Singh and Naidu met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to evolve consensus on the candidate for Presidency. He had described the government consultations as a "PR exercise". They should be able to count on enough support from other parties to secure a majority, say BJP officials. Mr Naidu also spoke to Sharad Yadav of JD (U).

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