Presidential election: BJP’s parliamentary board meet ends; Amit Shah to make a statement

Several leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah will attend the meeting.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 19, 2017 2:04 pm
Presidential election, BJP, Amit Shah, BJP meeting, Nomination papers, Congress , Amit Shah arrives at party Headquarters for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting scheduled to take place at 12 pm in Delhi on Monday. (Source: ANI photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called its MPs and MLAs to Delhi for signing nomination papers for the presidential election, the process of which began on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the party’s Parliamentary Board meeting where a list of probable names were discussed. Party chief Amit Shah and several union ministers were among those in attendance.

The three-member party committee,  which includes Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, briefed the board members about the consultations undertaken by them with allies and opposition parties.

The party prepared four sets of nomination papers, leaving the space for the name of the candidate blank. Nomination form of the candidate is to be signed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 as seconders for each set.

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar demanded the BJP to name their candidate soon. “They haven’t decided on a name yet. Even when Arun Jaitley ji rang me, he didn’t have a name for presidential candidate. We can wait for two or three days but we cannot wait forever. It is important that we need to decide on a name,” Nitish said.

The BJP leaders last week said the NDA is “absolutely confident” of the win of its candidates in both the presidential and vice-presidential elections. If the ruling BJP-led NDA and the opposition fail to reach an agreement with regards to a common candidate, polling will be held for the election of the next President on July 17.

The filing of nomination papers to elect the 15th President of India had begun on June 14 and the process will end on June 28. Pranab Mukherjee’s term as President will end on July 24.

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    Gomathi Raghavan
    Jun 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    bjp resorted to large scale unprecedented violence torture bioterrorism brahmin baiting misbehaviour. bjp choice is affirmative action both affirmative retributive actions can't happen simultaneously bjp opts for affirmative action . bjp should stop torture bioterrorism misbehaviour baiting and unruly behaviour. both shah modi should restrict to activities to those that are political in nature not bioterrorism vengeance MISBEHAVIOUR bjp shah modi should wind up torture MISBEHAVIOUR baiting bioterrorism blac magic nefarious activities in residential area. stop MISBEHAVIOUR. blue blac of shah refers to shah family members of own caste. I don't give view on what mayavati does. shah to stop MISBEHAVIOUR
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      Ravi
      Jun 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm
      Modi will never come in next election for this worst decision
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        Ravi
        Jun 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm
        Modi pla Dalit Card. He elected Dalit President
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          HRS Bhagi
          Jun 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm
          L.K Advani is the right person to uphold the dignity of the Presidential office.
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            R G KHEDKAR
            Jun 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm
            As a follower of BJP and having the vichardhara of BJP and Sangh I will not prefer Shri LK hi as Next President.The reason is that I aprihend that he will hindrance in the work of PM on every matter.
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            Tirumalara0
            Jun 19, 2017 at 1:16 pm
            Mr Advani should be the new president of India because he has sacrificed his. Life for psrty . Tirumalarao.m Vishakhapatnam
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              R G KHEDKAR
              Jun 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm
              He is outdated
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                Ravi
                Jun 19, 2017 at 3:55 pm
                Ram Nath Kovind named NDA Presidential candidate.Modi will never come in next election for this worst decision.I am 100 sure. Playing Dalit Cards
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                Sujatha Selvam
                Jun 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm
                Narendra Modi do not want L.K.Advani, that is the reason, all the old cases of Babri Masjid demolition cases were opened again. History will not forgive Modi for betraying L.K.Advani, with whose blessings and support Modi enjo his political career.
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                  Bhaskar Datta
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 7:15 pm
                  L. K. Advani is a respected leader. But he is 90 . Because of his age, he is automatically ruled out from becoming the supreme leader of the Indian armed forces. Making a nonagenarian man the president of India would have sent a wrong signal. Don't divide the country on the basis of caste. Hindus should learn from History. In Bangladesh and in some parts of West Bengal, due to casteism and atrocities by the upper castes, the entire Dalit population converted to Islam over a period of 400 years. Today, Bangladesh is an Islamic country. Stop dividing Hindus. Moving will definitely make a good President. Believe in NAMO.
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                  Ravi
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 12:25 pm
                  L K Advani should be next president of INDIA
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                    Ravi
                    Jun 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm
                    He is most senior and experienced leader who deserve to become president of India
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