Presidential election 2017: BJP leaders to meet Sonia Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury on June 16

Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu, who are part of the three-member committee constituted by the BJP to pick a candidate for the upcoming election, will discuss the nitty-gritties with the Opposition leaders and hope to arrive at a consensus.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2017 9:01 pm
Presidential elections, Presidential elections India, India Presidential elections, BJP president elections, President elections, pranab mukherjee, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, M Venkaiah Naidu, president committee, indian express news, india news Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu are part of the three-member committee constituted to identify a candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

Senior BJP leaders will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Friday to discuss the forthcoming presidential election. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu, who are part of the three-member committee constituted by the BJP to pick a candidate for the election, will reach out to the Opposition and hope to arrive at a consensus on the issue.

Sources told news agency ANI that the two BJP leaders on Wednesday have  briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the election. The NDA candidate is likely to file the nomination papers on June 23, sources said. With President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ending on July 24, the Election Commission announced that polling will begin and end on July 17. Filing of nominations will end on June 28, EC said in a notification. The results will be announced on July 20.

Meanwhile, Opposition leaders from 17 parties, including the Congress, CPM, CPI, TMC, RJD, JDU and more, have met at the national capital today to select a common candidate for the presidential election. The law states that only candidates with the support of 50 or more electors can file nomination.  Members of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and of the state legislative assemblies qualify as electors.

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    ashok s
    Jun 14, 2017 at 9:17 pm
    But why consult yechary or woh chori ? Consult us , we are deciders , you work for us ?
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      Shyam
      Jun 14, 2017 at 9:05 pm
      BJP is proposing Obama?
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        Shyam
        Jun 14, 2017 at 9:04 pm
        Bhakts are in their toilets eating their own e x c r e t a after hearing that their idols in BJP are meeting the Italian B-yatch Sonia.
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          Anad
          Jun 14, 2017 at 8:16 pm
          I do not understand the futility of meeting the die hard pessimist and black mail master Sitharam Yechuri on the presidential consensus. CPM is a decimated party from national map and it is a colossal waste of time to discuss with this anti establishment , anti national character.There is no point in discussing anything even after election as with next lok sabha election CPM will become a museum party with single digit representation. Even AIADMK or BJM would be more respectable.Mr.E Sridharan , metro man would be a better candidate than any politicians just like Abdul kalam
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            Paddy Singh
            Jun 14, 2017 at 7:55 pm
            One time it was Pratiba Patel who worked at the Gandhi household, this time, it is bound to be someone who has to be appeased, some washed out politician
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              T DUTTA
              Jun 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm
              WHAT SORT OF TIE BREAKER WILL BE APPLIED IF THE RESULT IS A TIE?---CONS UTION IS SILENT
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                T DUTTA
                Jun 14, 2017 at 6:46 pm
                what happens if the result is a tie?--cons utution is silent
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                  manian
                  Jun 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm
                  Given the acrimony bad vibes between the govt. the opposition agreement consensus on a candidate is hardly possible.it is better to have an election abide by the outcome.
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