Presidential election 2017: Finance and Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley was in talks with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) to discuss the possible candidate for the Presidential election 2017. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah is in talks with the leaders of other parties, in a report by ANI. Sources have said that Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting held discussions with Lok JanShakti Party (LKP) President Ram Vilas Paswan and Samajwadi Party’s (SP) Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agarwal earlier this afternoon. Paswan told ANI that his “party stands by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision. SP leaders are understood to have preferred a politician as President.”
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Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu told ANI that the decision will be taken and the name of the presidential candidate will be announced before 23 June, earlier this morning. Several names have made the news in the recent weeks with the latest inclusion of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The other names that are doing the rounds are M.S. Swaminathan and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Mohan Bhagwat. The rumors started after a meeting of Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu with Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and Communist Party Of India (CPM) Leader Sitaram Yechury on Friday.