BJP parliamentary board to discuss presidential poll options


The Left Front has said if the NDA doesn't announce its candidate by Tuesday, the opposition will announce its own candidate.

"Rajnath Singh has suffered some sprain in his feet this morning therefore I am going to meet him. On June 24, the Prime Minister is going overseas so decision has to be taken before that", Naidu added.

Apparently, reiterating the old tune, Thackeray once again pitched the names of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and agro-scientist MS Swaminathan for the top post.

With most BJP members busy in different parts of the country promoting the initiatives taken by Modi government in the last 3 years, it dose make sense that Naidu first wants everyone to come for a meeting where they will sit and decide when will be the next time they would be free, so that the Presidential elections can be discussed in detail.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Naidu on Friday met Communist Party of India (CPI) leaders D. Raja and Sudhakar Reddy at the latter's party office over presidential elections. They only wanted a "consensus candidate" asking who would be best suited. The Parliamentary Board may authorise Amit Shah to take a call in this regard. "We are friendly with the Centre, but not in alliance with anyone".

Informed sources said Naidu briefed Shah about his discussions. He is the member of a group formed by Mr Shah to hold consultation with political parties on presidential elections.

While, Jaitley spoke to leaders of the Trinamool Congress and Biju Janata Dal (BJD). The last date for filing of nominations is June 28. Naidu also met Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal.

The presidential election will be held on July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20.