Modi attends BJP Parliamentary Board meeting

Michele Moreno
June 21, 2017

BJP's parliamentary board meeting is scheduled to take place at 12 pm on Monday.

By then, the opposition parties will be told about the NDA candidate.

The committee comprising of Union ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, who are also the members of BJP Parliamentary Board, has tried to build a consensus over its nominee.

The party has prepared four sets of nomination papers, leaving the space for the name of the candidate blank. For each of these sets of candidate's nomination, the form has to be signed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 as seconders.

The nomination is expected to be submitted on June 23 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be present for the submission before he departs for the United States the next day.

The presidential poll, which is scheduled for 17 July, will conclude on 20 July when the counting of the votes begins.

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.

But the BJP's oldest ally has been pitching for the candidature of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as the "first choice" and eminent agro-scientist M.S. Swaminathan as a second preference. In the last two Presidential elections, the Shiv Sena did not support the NDA candidate. He also met Samajwadi Party leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal.

The BJP, which has an edge in the electoral college, is seeking to muster maximum support for its nominee to ensure a comfortable victory.

The Election Commission of India started the process of filing the nomination for the fourteenth President of India on June 14.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Naidu on Friday met Communist Party of India (CPI) leaders D. Raja and Sudhakar Reddy at the latter's party office over presidential elections.

The Congress and other opposition parties might put forward former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's names for the country's top post. They should be able to count on enough support from other parties to secure a majority, say BJP officials.

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