BJP parliamentary board to discuss presidential poll options

The development comes a day after BJP party president Amit Shah met Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on Sunday. Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Mr Naidu said, BJP will announce its presidential nominee before 23rd of this month.

Union Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu met Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and held discussions over the Presidential election. The Samajwadi Party leaders are understood to have preferred a politician as President.

The board members will be briefed about the consultations undertaken by the party committee, comprising Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, M. Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, with allies and Opposition parties.

BJP sources said the nomination will be filed before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves on his three-nation foreign tour. I have informed him about everything happening in the connection of presidential elections. After the CM said that Shah will not contest in 2017 elections from his home constituency Naranpura, and with Shah later saying that the party will decide whether he will contest or not, speculations have started in state BJP that Shah may not contest in assembly polls.

The BJP on Sunday stepped up its efforts to gather support for its unnamed Presidential nominee, with its top leaders talking to allies Shiv Sena and LJP as well as the Trinamool Congress and BJD, even as it disclosed that the NDA candidate will file the nomination before June 24 after the opposition is conveyed its choice.

On Friday, the first meeting between the government and the opposition on presidential elections remained inconclusive as no names were discussed by either side. He also met Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal. Mr Naidu also spoke to Sharad Yadav of JD (U). The nomination process will close on June 28.

  • Rogelio Becker