Presidential polls: Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu to meet Sonia Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury today

President Pranab Mukherjee's tenure comes to an end next month on July 24, with the Presidential election to take place on July 17.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2017 6:37 pm
presidential polls, presidential polls 2017, india president, sitaram yechury, sonia gandhi, rajnath singh, venkaiah naidu, india news Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday.

Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu are set to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury at 11 am in New Delhi today to discuss a possible consensus candidate. Both, Singh and Naidu, earlier in the week, held a meeting with Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Praful Patel and Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) Satish Mishra.

Singh, along with Naidu and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, are part of the three-member committee formed by BJP president Amit Shah to discuss possible candidates with the Opposition. On Wednesday, Naidu told media that he has exchanged views with Rajnath and the party has decided to hold talks with the Opposition over the matters related to presidential elections. “We exchanged views today, and will be talking to different parties regarding the same. On June 17, the Finance Minister will come back. We will exchange information with him and move forward,” he had said.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has denied rumours that the party will support the bid of RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat for the presidential election. In a statement to news agency ANI, Kharge said, “We are a secular party. We will never support Mohan Bhagwat; neither will the other parties. His name is being recommended by the Shiv Sena. We don’t know what their connection is with the BJP. However, we will choose a candidate from a secular party.”

Regarding Friday’s meeting, Kharge said that the party will keep everyone’s views on the matter.  “The minutes of the meeting will be discussed with the rest of our party and the sub-committee that has been set up ahead of the polls. We will consider the opinion of all,” he said. Sonia Gandhi had held meeting with opposition parties in recent weeks, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Sitaram Yechury in a bid to challenge the presidential candidate named by NDA government.

President Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure comes to an end next month on July 24, with the Presidential election to take place on July 17. According to Election Commission, June 28 will be the last date to file nomination for candidates, with the result to be declared on July 20.

(With  inputs from ANI)

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    Bharat
    Jun 16, 2017 at 8:18 pm
    President koi bhi bane common man has no interest.Al political parties r same. They r living a A luxurious life. Common man is not getting any benefits he has to wake up every morning has to struggle for livelihood.
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      vvvvv
      Jun 17, 2017 at 4:28 pm
      Very True.. You r right when president travel all his relatives even servants will go with him .. What we have to with ... Jai Hind
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      Curious onlooker
      Jun 16, 2017 at 2:09 pm
      No more puppet Governors who perform the hand-maiden service to the Central Government are acceptable to the people of India. In as much as there are several complaints that Governors have become stumbling blocks to state administration by their frequent interference, the posts are now perceived as anti democratic in its functioning.
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        T DUTTA
        Jun 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm
        IN PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM HEAD OF GOVT IS ELECTED BY VOTERS OF ONLY 1 CONS UENCY OUT OF 544---IN PRESIDENTIAL GOVT THE HEAD OF GOVT IS ELECTED BY ALL THE VOTERS OF ALL CONS UENCIES
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          T DUTTA
          Jun 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm
          WHY NOT HAVE PRESIDENTIAL FORM OF GOVT?----parliamentary system has been tried for 70 years---now presidential system may be tried out for 30 years
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            Against traitors
            Jun 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm
            Chinese agent Tootharam Bechury will not co operate and NDA also knows this. This is only a formality so that there is no complaint about consulting opposition.
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              Against traitors
              Jun 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm
              'No complaint about not consulting the opposition'
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              Anad
              Jun 16, 2017 at 10:05 am
              Why there is more discussion for such an ornamental post with out any decision making authority other than signing like a rubber stamp? While discussing with opposition leader Sonia is necessary it is waste of time to discuss with a political non en y like Sitharam yechuri as his party does not have even a dozen MP .By next election CPM will be reduced to local party confined to some part of Keral only.Please ignore this political blackmail master whose only activity is to creat anti national agitation and murder politics
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                Narasimha Prakash
                Jun 16, 2017 at 9:46 am
                Congress (Sonia) made Pratibha Patil as the President of the country reducing the post to the lowest level of prestige. Can there is anybody worse than this past President?
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                  madhu
                  Jun 16, 2017 at 9:14 am
                  Is it any value, is it matter who is president? when it is a rubber stamp. What is big hype? focus on poor people health, wealth and education
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                    Curious onlooker
                    Jun 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm
                    It does matter who is elected as the President. No doubt he should abide by the Cons ution and follow the PM's advice but he should also be strong enough to act against the PM should he assume autocratic powers and drag the country into anarchy.
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