Presidential Election 2017: Opposition parties on Wednesday failed to reach a consensus on picking a joint candidate for Presidential Election scheduled for July 17. In a meeting chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, only preliminary discussion on the election could take place, Ghulam Nabi Azad told media. ” Today was the first meeting, no name was discussed today, (Aaj pehli meeting thi. Aaj kisi naam par charcha nahi hui)” Azad told media. Azad said the the 10-member opposition panel would meet again to decide on a suitable presidential nominee. The sub-group formed for this purpose met in the chambers of Azad, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
Earlier in the day, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and briefed him about the election, reported ANI citing sources. The agency further reported that NDA might announce its candidate very soon and the nomination is likely to be filed on June 23. A number of other senior leaders also took part in the meeting, the report added. Earlier, the Election Commission of India reported process of nomination is scheduled to begin on June 17. The process will continue till June 28.
Now, it has been revealed that 2 of its members will meet Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi and CPM leader Sitaram Yechury in order to build consensus on picking up a candidate acceptable to all for the top post in the country. As per ANI, Rajnath and Venkaiah will meet Gandhi on Friday. President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ends on 25th July.