1. Presidential Election 2017: Will Narendra Modi-led NDA beat Sonia Gandhi-led Opposition? Here’s what has happened so far

Presidential Election 2017: Will Narendra Modi-led NDA beat Sonia Gandhi-led Opposition? Here’s what has happened so far

Presidential Election 2017: Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA and the Opposition led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi have managed a strange secrecy over the choice of their respective candidates

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 15, 2017 3:13 PM
Presidential Election 2017, presidential election, who will be next president, next president of india, Presidential Election india, Presidential poll 2017, Presidential poll india, narendra modi, sonia gandhi Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, RJD leader Lalu Prasad, Samajwadi Party’s Ramgopal Yadav, NCP’s Praful Patel and other opposition leaders in a meeting to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Presidential elections, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

Presidential Election 2017: Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA and the Opposition led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi have managed a strange secrecy over the choice of their respective candidates for the Presidential Election 2017. The secrecy maintained by both camps has, however, increased people’s curiosity about the upcoming election.

On Wednesday, the Election Commission of India opened the process of filing nomination for the election of fourteenth President of India. The last date of filing nomination is June 28. The election will be held on July 17 while results will be announced on July 20. With President Pranab Mukherjee’s term set to end in July, both the Centre and Congress-led opposition parties have intensified their search for a suitable Presidential candidate.

The Presidential election will take place only if the government and the Opposition fail to find a consensus candidate. The likelihood of finding a consensus candidate is high as the Opposition had earlier put the onus of suggesting the name of such candidate on the Centre. On Wednesday, reports said senior BJP leaders and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu, who are part of the three-member committee constituted by the BJP to pick a candidate for the election, will reach out to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Friday to discuss about the upcoming Presidential poll. They will hope to arrive at a consensus on the issue.

Sources told ANI that both Singh and Naidu on Wednesday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the upcoming election for the top post of the country. The also said the NDA candidate is likely to file the nomination papers on June 23. Naidu said he had exchanged views with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and hence, would talk to different parties. “We exchanged views today, and will be talking to different parties regarding the same,” Naidu told ANI. “On June 17, the Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley) will come back. We will exchange information with him and move forward”, he added.

On Wednesday, Opposition leaders from 17 parties, including the Congress, CPM, CPI, TMC, RJD, JDU met in Delhi to select a common candidate for the presidential poll. Some of the leaders participating in the Opposition meet were Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, TMC leader Derek O’Brien, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra, DMK leader R.S. Bharathi and NCP’s Praful Pate. However, they didn’t announce the name of their candidate.

A PTI report today said the Centre and a small group of Opposition parties have intensified their efforts to zero-in on a “mutually-acceptable” Presidential candidate. In case they fail to reach a consensus, both groups would field separate candidates.

Earlier this week, BJP chief Amit Shah had formed a three-member committee, consisting Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley for consultations with the Opposition over candidates for the Presidential elections. Recently, Sonia Gandhi had met Opposition leaders in Delhi to give a tough fight to the Centre in the upcoming poll.

Several names have been doing the rounds as probable candidates of either camps.

From the NDA camp, names like Central ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj, Thawar Singh Gehlot, senior BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi, Lok Sabha chairman Sumitra Mahajan, Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu and Metro man E Sreedharan have been doing the rounds in media reports. In the Opposition camp, probable names include JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, fromer Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and former Lok Sabha chairman Meera Kumar. However, as both camps look for a consensus candidate, President Mukherjee getting a second term cannot be ruled out yet.

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    Ramkishore Singh Rathore
    Jun 15, 2017 at 11:13 am
    In my openion, NDA should nominate a non-political person for this top office of the country. In its earliar tenure Mr APJ Abdulkalam, being a non-political man, decorated the post of President of India so well. Mr Narendra Modi, our Priminister, is knows for bringing pleasent surprizes to us. Let him findout a great nationalist for next President of India.
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      Tarun Sharma
      Jun 15, 2017 at 11:02 am
      Why NDA led by Narendra Modi is giving much weightage to Opposition parties led by Congress. Congress when in majority never bothered to take opposition in confidence and made Giani Zail Singh and Pratibha Patil President of India to suit their plan. Today opposition parties just oppose what Government propose. It is need of the hour that NDA should put up its candidate for President of India and get him elected. Even Vice President should be of NDA choice whenever opportunity arise. The present day opposition is nothing but selfish and every leader aspire to be Prime Minister of India. Why not UPA/Congress whenever in majority sought consensus over this issue. Time has come when best should be made President and Vice President without bargain like done previously by government. BJP should nominate only that candidate who has nurtured this party selflessly. TARUN SHARMA
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        Arulanandan
        Jun 15, 2017 at 11:02 am
        Dear Country politicians. Pls. don't be wasting your time unnecessarily in this matter. There are only 3 est candidates in our country in all aspects. 1.. Dr. Shri Manmohan Singh 2. Shri Pranab Mukherjee 3. Shri LK Advani. Apart from these 3 doyens, if others are elected, the President Palace itself will not welcome other than these 3.
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          Jayasankar
          Jun 15, 2017 at 10:59 am
          Yes no doubt NDA candidate wilbe elected as President. NDA needs thats all. Just watch the Fun.l
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