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.
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.