President candidate has to be acceptable to all, says Congress

Azad said he did not know whether the government will share any names at all in the first meeting itself.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2017 4:45 am
ghulam nabi azad, presidential polls, presidential candidate, venkaiah naidu, rajnath singh, presidential polls meeting, sonia gandhi, congress Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said he does not know whether the government will suggest any name at Friday’s meeting.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, on Thursday said whichever name the government suggests for President has to be “acceptable” to the entire Opposition. Azad’s comment came ahead of the meeting between the government and main opposition Congress on the issue of the presidential election.

Azad said he did not know whether the government will share any names at all in the first meeting itself. He said the Congress has not suggested any names to other Opposition parties.

“We didn’t discuss any names at all,” Azad said. “Since we do not know which are the names which are under consideration of the government, where is the question of we (Opposition) discussing names and where is the question of us (the Congress) suggesting any names at the moment. We would first like to hear the government and after that, we will have to discuss in the party and with the Opposition parties,” Azad told The Indian Express, when asked whether any names were suggested by the Congress.

“If at all we have to select a candidate from the Opposition that has to be with the concurrence of everybody… not of one political party. There has to be a consensus. That cannot be the choice of one party. The Congress party or for that matter any other political party,” he added.

Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Rajnath Singh would meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday for consultations on the Presidential polls.

Sources in the Left said they expected the Opposition parties to discuss names of probable candidates and arrive at a consensus at the meeting on Wednesday. “It was not correct on the part of the Opposition parties not to decide the candidate. The name need not be announced. But it should have been discussed. Unnecessarily they postponed it,” a senior Left leader said.

Azad said he does not know whether the government will suggest any name at Friday’s meeting.

 

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    Niladrinath Mohanty
    Jun 16, 2017 at 7:37 am
    What is Congress party's record on nomination of Presidential candidate. Ghulam Nabi Azad should recall this before making such statements.
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      KS KUMAR
      Jun 16, 2017 at 7:17 am
      The only that will be acceptable to congress and other opposition will be either Laloo or Rabri. The party which gave a president by name of Pratibha Patil does not have any moral authority to talk about presidential candidates.
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        AnNonymous
        Jun 16, 2017 at 7:14 am
        Can congress accept a neutral n honest person like Sreedharan?
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          Citizen
          Jun 16, 2017 at 7:05 am
          Did you follow the same when you proped up a lady whose history does not deserve that post??? Jaihind
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            AnNonymous
            Jun 16, 2017 at 7:16 am
            U r right....i cud nt remember her name
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