Govt has not come forward with any name for Presidential election: Ghulam Nabi Azad

The BJP has formed a three member committee, including Singh, Naidu and Union Minister Arun Jaitley, to zero in on a Presidential candidate.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2017 6:36 pm
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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Friday said the government had not come forward with any names for the Presidential election scheduled to be held on July 17. Azad said this after a meeting between the government and the Opposition. Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury in New Delhi to discuss a possible consensus candidate.

“Government has not come forward with any name for presidential poll,” Azad said.

The meeting lasted for 30 minutes. However, it was not immediately known as to what transpired at the meeting. The meeting comes barely two days after a sub group of opposition leaders constituted by Gandhi met in Azad’s Parliament chamber to discuss the opposition strategy. The meeting had decided to wait for the government proposal on the matter before taking a further view.

The BJP has formed a three-member committee, including Singh, Naidu and Union Minister Arun Jaitley, to zero in on a Presidential candidate. The Shiv Sena has suggested the name of RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat for president. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge denied supporting the RSS chief. Speaking to news agency ANI, Kharge said, “We are a secular party. We will never support Mohan Bhagwat; neither will the other parties. His name is being recommended by the Shiv Sena. We don’t know what their connection is with the BJP. However, we will choose a candidate from a secular party.”

President Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure comes to an end next month on July 24, with the Presidential election to take place on July 17. According to Election Commission, June 28 will be the last date to file nomination for candidates, with the result to be declared on July 20.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    manian
    Jun 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm
    Why this wasteful excercise by NDA when they are in a winning position?THe UPA in a similar situation will never come to NDA.THIs snubbing is completely unwarranted.
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      Govind
      Jun 16, 2017 at 7:07 pm
      Why not Karunidhi as next President and Sasikala as Vice President? This will make all sickulars and pak dalals happy.
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        s s nair
        Jun 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm
        The panels of both ruling and opposition parties are engaged in meetings without naming a presidential candidate. It is evident that the ruling party may bring in a rank communalist at the last moment. Otherwise what is the harm in suggesting a name. From the reports many times the ruling party has emphasised that they have the number. But they do not have a candidate. This is the meaning implied. The opposition stand is equally questionable. They too have a panel but not the name of candidate.
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          KS KUMAR
          Jun 16, 2017 at 5:36 pm
          What is the meaning of a rank communalist? People who espouse the cause of Muslims and christians are secularists and people who support Hinduism are communal. Is it your definition. We had enough of this. If you feel that BJP candidate is communal, so be it.
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            Govind
            Jun 16, 2017 at 7:04 pm
            Dear Congress Men, Please make Lalu's wife Smt. Rabridevi as next Presidential candidate who had wide experience as CM in Bihar. Make Devta Maya as Vice President. We are all with you. Jai ho Rabriji, Jai ho Mayaji.
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          vish
          Jun 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm
          Congress wants to play dirty game of non cooperation and are free to blame Govt.Congress has no intelligent person left in the party who can give right advise to dumb Sonia .Shame on this century old national party.They will never think of nation first and now pappu is enjoying holiday outside India. What a shame .This party will get single digit MP's in next election.
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            Parth Garg
            Jun 16, 2017 at 1:59 pm
            The BJP is holding the name to its chest because it could be Maya Kodnani or Babu Bajrangi from Gujarat.
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            1. K
              KS KUMAR
              Jun 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm
              Anybody will be better than Pratibha Patil.
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              T DUTTA
              Jun 16, 2017 at 1:31 pm
              PROBABLY THERE IS DOUBLE VOTING--------ASSEMBLY MEMBERS VOTE---ASSEMBLY MEMBERS ALSO ELECT RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS WHO ALSO VOTE-------PROBABLY THIS MEANS THAT ASSEMBLY MEMBERS VOTE TWICE---first as assembly members and then through their elected representatives----[HOWEVER, I MAY BE WRONG]
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                T DUTTA
                Jun 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm
                IN CONS UTION THERE IS A PROVISION FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION---LOKSABHA,RAJYA SABHA AND ASSEMBLY MEMBERS VOTE----BUT RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS ARE ELECTED BY ASSEMBLY MEMBERS----SO IT MEANS ASSEMBLY MEMBERS VOTE TWICE---------FIRST AS ASSEMBLY MEMBERS AND THEN THROUGH THEIR ELECTED EPRESENTATIVES
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