BJP to declare presidential candidate on Tuesday

An election to choose the next President of India appears inevitable as the initial round of talks between the BJP and the opposition is about to end. We were expecting them to disclose the name so that we can discuss it in our party and other opposition parties.

Having been tight-lipped so far, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board will meet on Monday to finalize their presidential candidate to succeed President Pranab Mukherjee.

The Board members will be briefed about the consultation undertaken by a three-member party committee with allies and opposition parties.

Last week, Rajnath Singh and Naidu met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to evolve consensus on the candidate for Presidency.

The Opposition, too, wants the ruling side to propose a name before seeking a consensus on his or her name. "The parliamentary board can authorise the prime minister or the party president to take a call on the candidate".

The nomination is expected to be submitted on June 23 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be present for the submission before he departs for the U.S. the next day.




Multiple sources have told HT that former diplomat Gopalkrishna Gandhi could be the potential opposition candidate, with Left parties pushing for Mahatma Gandhi's grandson for the country's highest post.

Also a Brahmin-Dalit combination is being discussed for the post of the president and the vice-president.

BJP president Amit Shah pointed out towards the party policy of considering the welfare of the Nation on priority basis.

Earlier, there were unconfirmed reports that the BJP was considering Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, tribal leader Draupadi Murmu and "Metro man" E Sreedharan for the top post.

India's presidential election involves a complex voting pattern involving all parliamentarians and state legislators. For each of these sets of candidate's nomination, the form has to be signed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 as seconders.

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