Presidential election 2017: Within days of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah setting up a panel to pick a candidate for the forthcoming presidential poll that consisted of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Urban Development Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Infomation & Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu to speak to Opposition parties as well as allies in NDA government, it has now 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. Rajnath and Venkaiah will meet Gandhi on Friday, according to ANI. The current incumbent of Rashtrapati Bhawan, President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ends on 25th July.
Earlier in the day, senior party leaders attended a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and briefed him about the upcoming Presidential election that is scheduled to take place in July, reported ANI citing sources. The agency further added that NDA might announce its candidate very soon and the nomination is likely to be filed on June 23. As per the report, many other senior leaders also attended the meeting. The process of nomination is scheduled to begin on July 17 and a notification was issued in this regard on Wednesday by the Election Commission. The process will continue till June 28.
On the other hand, the opposition party leaders are meeting in New Delhi to decide on a joint candidate that might help them stop BJP’s surge in the country. Leaders of 17 parties namely JD (U), CPI, CPI-M, SP, DMK, NCP, RJD and TMC, besides some other big and small regional parties attended the meeting.