Presidential Elections 2017: ‘Metro Man’ Sreedharan denies reports of being NDA candidate

The presidential elections will be held on July 17 and counting will be on July 20. The term of incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2017 7:20 pm
e sreedharan, metro man sreedharan, presidential election, india presidential election, pranab mukherjee, nda presidential candidate, congress, india news, indian express Former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan

Amid reports that E Sreedharan would be NDA’s potential candidate for the forthcoming presidential poll, the former Delhi Metro chief on Friday flatly refused any such development and insisted that he doesn’t harbour any such intention. “No reality in it, no discussions take place; don’t long for it,” Sreedharan was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Earlier in the day, the government reached out to the opposition with an aim to stitch a consensus on the official nominee for next president with Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu meeting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. However, the meeting turned out to be inconclusive as no names were put forward by either side.

Reflecting on the discussion, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the BJP leaders did not propose any name and instead sought cooperation on the presidential election. “We expected that BJP leaders will come up with some name, one or more, for the post of president of India, so that the Congress party could take a call on that. But nothing of that happened. BJP leaders did not propose any name and instead asked us the names,” Azad said after the meeting.

A three-member committee of senior leaders-Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Naidu–has been entrusted with the task of meeting opposition leaders and reach a consensus. Since no party has officially disclosed their nominee on the issue yet, a contest for the coveted post looks likely.

Amond the names which have been doing the rounds include Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former West Bengal governor and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, as well as Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav and former speaker Meira Kumar.

The presidential elections will be held on July 17 and counting will be on July 20. The term of incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24.

With inputs from Agencies.

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    aaa@gmail
    Jun 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    After a nearly-two hour meeting of the Parliamentary party -- BJP's top decision-making body -- party chief Amit Shah named Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA government's Presidential candidate dailyo /variety/presidential-election-2017-who-is-bihar-governor-ram-nath-kovind-bjp-nda-candidate/story/1/17885
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      Dr.boby Manuel
      Jun 17, 2017 at 7:45 am
      I'm of opinion that dr. E Sreedharan to be next Rastrapathi. He is the number one choice for the post. He is a man of very good academic qualifications. Down to the Earth man approachable to both VIP and hoi polloi. Good at heart simple and humble straight forward man great devote of bhagavan
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        Mahendra Fauzdar
        Jun 17, 2017 at 3:46 am
        Sharad Yadav or Meira Kumar for President? Do politicians see anything beyond vote bank?
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          mtv
          Jun 17, 2017 at 12:06 am
          I wish Sreedharan remains in Kerala for the state to come up with all its advantages of educated manpower, natural resources, secular outlook and gulf money. It is high time, capable and visionary people like Sreedharan, Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Kochaouseph Chittilappilly, P C Cyriac, Yousuf Ali, P G Jayakumar and many more like them in Kerala join together to bring out a change and get rid of the corrupt Congress, party dictatorial Communists, ultra-communal BJP and Muslim League. I am sure they will get support from majority of people in Kerala. There is no other hope for this state.
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            mtv
            Jun 17, 2017 at 12:01 am
            Why nt Opposition propose Rahul? If he wins, at least nation will get rid of him and his mother for ever from politics. They are the biggest stumbling blocks for creating a credible alternative to Modi. and BJP, which is a must if we have to survive as great nation with hope aspirations for future.
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              Black and Blue
              Jun 16, 2017 at 9:13 pm
              Nominate Baba Ramdev for president
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                V. Setty
                Jun 16, 2017 at 8:23 pm
                Unfortunately, this guy is totally dictatorial and will be a disaster as President...
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                  mtv
                  Jun 16, 2017 at 11:48 pm
                  Even if somebody is dictatorial, as long as he has good intentions like Sreedharan, we should not mind at this critical juncture of our country. We had enough experiments with Democracy and resulted in producing dynasties and many corrupt criminals. Sreedharan will not be like the dictator Modi who is a megalomaniac and have hidden and backward looking agenda of RSS.
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                  Karupannan
                  Jun 16, 2017 at 6:24 pm
                  Sreedaran is a Congi pig. He did the Delhi Metro during Congi rule. So BJP should not propose his as president candidate!
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                    Jai hind
                    Jun 16, 2017 at 6:56 pm
                    U pest how dare you to call him a pig ..he is more greater than your feku ministers of NDA ..qualifies skilled innovative and well organizing talented man .. Unlike your 10 th pass ministers ...
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                      Karupannan
                      Jun 16, 2017 at 8:30 pm
                      Helo brother, that was a satire on Bonkered Bhakts! Thanks for making my day!
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                        Jai hind
                        Jun 16, 2017 at 11:20 pm
                        😂😂😂 oops... U ushud have given a clue with a word baktards or feku . between .Sorry bro
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                          mtv
                          Jun 16, 2017 at 11:49 pm
                          Very right.
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