Presidential election 2017: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will announce its candidate for Presidential Elections 2017 before June 23, news agency Asian News International reported. Earlier in the day, BJP president Amit Shah met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence in suburban Bandra, reportedly to discuss Presidential polls 2017. Shah, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, visited Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’ and held a closed-door meeting, which started at around 10 am and lasted for nearly 75 minutes. On Saturday, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM) leader Sitaram Yechury said that if NDA fails to come up with a name for Presidential Elections by 20th June, he will appeal opposition parties to declare their candidate for the same, news agency ANI reported. “If the government doesn’t come up with a name for Presidential polls by 20 June, will appeal other opposition parties to meet and declare candidate by 21 June,” Yechury said. On Friday, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu had met Yechury at CPI(M)’s Delhi office to discuss the possible candidate for the election.
Yechury, after the meet, told PTI that Singh and Naidu didn’t propose any name for the top post. He said,”a candidate should have impeccable secular credentials,” repeating his party’s stand. He added that BJP panel (Rajnath and Venkaiah) will meet them again. When asked about the efforts for consensus, Yechury said,”there has to be some name (proposed) to arrive at a consensus,”. Prior to Yechury, Singh and Naidu had met the Congress leader Sonia Gandhi at her residence to discuss the same.
The meeting lasted for just 30 minutes. Hectic parleys are being held as President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ends next month on July 24 and the election is scheduled to take place on July 17.