Presidential election 2017: As the process of filing nominations for the presidential poll began on Wednesday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday met a number of top opposition leaders to hold parleys with them. First of all, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu met Samajwadi Party veteran Mulayam Singh Yadav in Delhi. Later, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu also met senior BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra. According to latest details available, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu went to CPI office to meet the party veteran D Raja as well.
As per news agency ANI sources, NDA’s candidate for Presidential elections will be decided by June 20. The process of filing nominations for the presidential poll began on Wednesday with six persons filing papers for the July 17 election. The nomination process would continue till June 28. Reportedly, the ruling NDA and a loosely knit group of opposition parties have intensified efforts to zero in on a mutually acceptable presidential candidate. But they would go their separate ways if a consensus proves elusive.
After a prolonged silence on the issue, BJP chief Amit Shah has constituted a three-member committee comprising Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu which would hold consultations with the NDA allies and the opposition on the issue. They would meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday.
Leaders of opposition parties are also holding their meetings to chalk out their joint strategy and come up with a consensus candidate. No names were finalised though. News agency PTI sources said the opposition leaders would try and come out with some possible names for the post of president, but will await the government initiative in this regard.
In a bid to ensure that non-serious candidates do not file nomination for the prestigious election, laws were amended a few years ago. Now, a candidate who is supported by 50 electors and seconded by another 50 can file nomination. Elected members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and elected members of state legislative assemblies are the electors.
If the elections are held in case both the NDA and the opposition field their candidates, then the results would be announced on July 20. The term of present incumbent Pranab Mukherjee would come to an end on July 24.