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Presidential elections: Opposition parties meet today to pick candidate

Leaders of 17 parties, namely JD (U), CPI, CPI-M, SP, DMK, NCP, RJD and TMC, besides some other regional parties, will be in attendance at the meeting.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2017 10:15 am
Presidential Elections, Presidential polls, Sharad pawar, Mohan Bhagwat, New President of India, nominees for President of India,Presidential Polls in India, National news, Latest news Rashtrapati Bhawan. Opposition parties have found it difficult to find consensus over a single Presidential nominee.

Opposition leaders are set to meet in Delhi on Wednesday to finalise common candidates for the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential elections. The meeting is slated to take place at around 4 PM, and leaders from 17 parties, namely JD (U), CPI, CPI-M, SP, DMK, NCP, RJD and TMC, besides some other regional parties, will be in attendance. President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ends on July 24, and the presidential elections are scheduled on July 17.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had in a meeting on May 26 called upon all Opposition leaders to build a consensus on the presidential nominee, however, finding unison among all parties has proved to be difficult. While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has endorsed a second term for President Pranab Mukherjee, Congress has been non-committal on the issue.

Many Opposition parties, including Congress, are keen that NCP chief Sharad Pawar contest for the President’s post. Pawar has shown no interest so far. The Opposition has also reached out to Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopal Krishna Gandhi. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is also under consideration. The parties have already said they were willing to “consider” if the ruling coalition proposes an “acceptable” name.

On the other hand, BJP’s ally in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, has time and again proposed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s name as NDA’s nominee for the Presidential election.

The Election Commission has announced that the last date for putting forward nominations is June 28, while counting of votes will take place on July 20. The President of India is elected by an electoral college that includes national and State legislators, but, currently, there are 13 vacancies in the Electoral College.

President Mukherjee will demit office on July 25, while Vice-President Hamid Ansari will complete his second tenure in August.


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  1. P
    paban ghosh
    Jun 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm
    Make AJIMJI PREMJI as the next President of India. He is a technocrat a world famous philanthropist internationally known and a minority from Shiite Muslim. He can do wonder in this position for the nation.
    1. S
      Jun 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm
      President of India should be a person who contributed to its technological advancement a pioneer (like APJ Kalam was). He should be above politics respectable by all Indians (again like Kalam). President should not be selected just based on criterion like he being g son of so and so or he belonging to "minority" religion or he belonging to so and so cast. Rise above all these silly and narrow mentality.
      1. K
        Jun 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm
        congress should retrospect. It decided on Pranab da and telephoned sushma to support his candidature. BJP got more than 100 MPs. at that time. Now why they want discussion. where was this yechury who now talks about majority is not politics, this man and others think people are fools and they can talk nonsense. having been rejected by people these so called leaders think high of themselves. Let there be BJP candidate this time they are also our people un like stan, Chinese agents.
        1. M
          m g
          Jun 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm
          A tribal women's name is doing the rounds. A prominent memb er of the Christian community would also be welcome