BJP meeting Opposition on Presidential poll ‘more like PR exercise’: Sitaram Yechury

Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu, who are part of a BJP panel to work out a consensus on the presidential nominee, met Yechury as part of its efforts to reach out to the opposition

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 16, 2017 10:04 pm
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CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said today that the BJP reaching out to opposition parties on the presidential election was “more like a PR exercise”, after a meeting with Union ministers Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu.

“They (BJP leaders) did not propose any name,” Yechury said, reiterating his party’s stand that a candidate with “impeccable secular credentials” should be the next president.

Singh and Naidu, who are part of a BJP panel to work out a consensus on the presidential nominee, met Yechury as part of its efforts to reach out to the opposition.

They also met Congress president Sonia Gandhi earlier today. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is the other member of the BJP panel formed by party chief Amit Shah a few days ago.

Stepping out from the nearly 30-minute meeting, Yechury told media persons that the BJP panel would meet them again.

Asked about the government’s efforts to develop a consensus on the presidential candidate, he said there has to be some name (proposed) to arrive at a consensus.

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