Today, Parliamentary board of Bharatiya Janata Party is meeting and taking a call on its candidate for the July 17 presidential election.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has called all its MPs and MLAs to Delhi for signing nomination papers for the presidential election. Party’s Parliamentary Board meeting is scheduled to take place today at 12 pm and party chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the meeting. The meeting may authorise Amit Shah to take a call so it’s not clear whether the board will announce its nominated candidate names or not.
To discuss with the Opposition, the BJP has formed a three member panel for possibility of a consensus candidate. The BJP’s parliamentary party board will take stock of the talks with opposition leaders which the this committee had.
The party has prepared four sets of nomination papers and leaving the space for the name of the candidate blank and for the each set of nominations papers, the candidate’s Nomination form is to be signed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 as seconders.
Union ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley held consultation with its allies and the opposition camp. Already, M Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh have spoken to Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her residence.
On Sunday, BJP chief Amit Shah met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai and said his party will take a call only after the name of the candidate is decided.
The Opposition party also wants the ruling side to propose a name before seeking a unanimity on his or her name.
A BJP leader said,” Union ministers panel will brief the parliamentary board about the consultations. The parliamentary board can authorise the party president and prime minister to take a call on the candidate.”
So far, The Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not revealed any name for the President’s post from BJP.
A sources told Hindustan Times that former diplomat Gopalkrishna Gandhi could be the potential opposition candidate, Left pushing Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson for the country’s highest post of President.
On the other hand, several BJP leaders claimed that the party’s choice for the President post will be a political person with strong BJP affiliation. This will spoil chances of MS Swaminathan and “Metro Man” E Sreedharan which is being suggested by the Shiv Sena.
A Brahmin Dalit combination is also being discussed for the post of the president and the vice-president of India. The vice president’s of india post falls vacant in August.
Various names for the President’s post are Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan , external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik are doing the rounds as possible candidate .
Presidential election involves a complex voting pattern that involves voting of all parliamentarians and state legislators.
To ensure victory of its candidate NDA needs around 20,000 more votes and the reach out to the opposition is seen as an exercise to test if there could be a consensus and ensure a greater margin of victory.