Presidential election 2017: Senior party leaders Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and briefed him about the upcoming Presidential election that is scheduled to take place in July, reported ANI citing sources. The agency further added that NDA might announce its candidate very soon and the nomination is likely to be filed on June 23. As per the report, many other senior leaders also attended the meeting. The process of nomination is scheduled to begin on June 17 and a notification was issued in this regard on Wednesday by the Election Commission. The process will continue till June 28.
After days of speculation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah had constituted a three-member committee comprising Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu which was asked to hold consultations with the NDA allies and the Opposition on the issue. Meanwhile, Opposition party leaders have also increased their efforts to come up with a joint candidate in order to counter BJP.
For that, the Opposition party leaders are set to meet in New Delhi at 4 pm. Leaders of 17 parties namely JD (U), CPI, CPI-M, SP, DMK, NCP, RJD and TMC, besides some other big and small regional parties attended the meeting. Earlier in May, Congress president Sonia Gandhi called on the leaders of the Opposition to build a consensus on the Presidential nominee. President Mukherjee’s tenure will end on July 25 and Vice President Hamid Ansari will complete his second tenure in August. The President is elected through an Electoral College that includes national and state legislators which currently has 13 vacancies.