BJP may announce presidential candidate on June 23

If the two sides fail to reach an agreement with regards to a common candidate, polls will be held for the election of the next President, with the individual nominations facing each other.

Reports say that the BJP led NDA and opposition parties are making efforts to agree on a "mutually acceptable" presidential candidate but would go different ways if the consensus proves ambiguous.

BJP President Amit Shah has constituted a three-member committee, comprising union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu, which will hold consultations with the NDA allies and the opposition on the issue.

According to reports, the NDA candidate will file nomination on 23 June. This comes in the wake of both the ruling and Opposition camps starting their deliberations on the preparations for elections.

Opposition parties are meeting in the capital today to chalk out their joint strategy and come up with a consensus candidate. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has set up a 10-member sub-group of representatives from opposition parties to take forward the deliberations.

In an offered to guarantee that non-genuine candidates don't document assignments for the prestigious decision, laws were corrected a couple of years prior. Sources said the opposition leaders will attempt and turned out with some conceivable names for the post of President however will anticipate the administration activity in such manner.

As a follow up, Lok Sabha Secretary General Anoop Mishra, the Returning Officer for the election, issued a public notice, declaring that the nomination papers may be delivered by a candidate or any of their proposers or seconders not later than June 28. Scrutiny will follow on June 29 and the last date for withdrawal is July 1.

If the elections are held in case both the NDA and the opposition field their candidates, then the results would be announced on July 20.

While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar indicated his support in favour of Pranab Mukherjee if he secured a second term as the President, the Congress so far has been non-committal on a second term for him.

  • Carolyn Briggs