Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Presidential election: BJP Parliamentary Board to meet on Tuesday to finalise candidate

BJP leaders are meeting leaders of various political parties to reach a consensus on presidential nominee.

Having been tight-lipped so far, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board will meet on Monday to finalize their presidential candidate to succeed President Pranab Mukherjee.

Reports on Saturday said BJP has prepared four sets of nomination papers, leaving the space for the name of the candidate blank.

The development comes a day after BJP party president Amit Shah met Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on Sunday. "He told me that his stand is clear and whatever Prime Minister Narendra Modi decides will be acceptable to us", he added.

The BJP has also called a meeting of those MPs and MLAs who would propose and second the official candidate. The last date for filing of nominations is June 28. 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.

The Board members will be briefed about the consultation undertaken by a three-member party committee with allies and opposition parties.

Naidu has also spoken to Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav and Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal over phone and met Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra in this regard.

The BJP, which has an edge in the electoral college, is seeking to muster maximum support for its nominee to ensure a comfortable victory. Last week, Rajnath Singh and Naidu had met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to evolve consensus on a candidate nominee. BJP has remained non-committal to the names though it has said it is open to discussions.

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