Presidential Elections 2017: Days after Election Commission announced dates for presidential polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah has formed a three-member panel to speak to political parties and try to pick a consensus candidate, a Times Now report has said. As per the channel, senior ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Nadu are part of the panel. The three leaders will hold talks with NDA partners and also with Opposition parties for the presidential election, which will be conducted on July 17. The BJP in a statement said, “The committee’s mandate is to consult leaders of all political parties for the presidential poll and try to evolve a consensus.” The last date for filing nominations for the presidential election is June 28.
Meanwhile, Opposition leaders decided to meet on Wednesday to formally commence the process of finalising common candidates for Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections on , an Indian Express report said.
Opposition parties too are working urgently on picking their own Presidential candidate via consensus. A sub-committee consisting of 10 members from these parties will work to finalise candidates for both the posts – President and Vice President. However, contrary to reports, NCP chief Sharad Pawar will not head the sub-group. It has nominated Praful Patel in the panel. In his absence, party MP Tariq Anwar would attend meetings.
The Congress and other Opposition parties wanted Sharad Pawar to contest for the President’s post. While he has himself not shown any interest, Opposition parties are trying to persuade him.