BJP Parliamentary Board to meet today; final decision on Presidential nominee likely

For the past two presidential elections, the Shiv Sena has broken ranks with the NDA and backed Congress nominees Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil. Naidu, who along with Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley are members of a party panel formed to consult parties to evolve a broad consensus, later briefed BJP chief Amit Shah, the sources said. The opposition parties are scheduled to hold a similar meeting on June 22.

The presidential candidates are expected to file the requisite papers by June 28. The last date of withdrawal of candidature will be July 1. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray were also present at the meeting.

On the issue of stone-pelting in Darjeeling and demand for Gorkhaland, the editorial said: "One may have political differences with (West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee but nobody should try to take political advantage of the situation there". "But the line for the name is left blank". "The BJP leaders did not give any name to Congress President Sonia Gandhi but they wanted us to reveal the name of our candidate".

In South, the AIADMK, the TDP and allies like Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janashakti Party said they will stand by PM Modi's decision. However, the Opposition, including ally Shiv Sena, have claimed that the saffron party has not yet come up with a name.

The same day, Shah will attend a meeting in connection with the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Birth Centenary year at Sahyadri guest house and also review various programmes to strengthen the party at the booth level.

On Saturday while speaking to newspersons over the Chief Ministers remarks on "mid-term polls", BJP president Amit Shah argued that what Fadnavis meant was that if the mid-term polls are forced on us (BJP) then we (BJP) are ready to fight.

Responding to a poser on Sharad Pawar's candidature for the top post, Thackeray took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president is his guru, adding it's hard to guess what is in ones heart. The meeting is being five days before Modi leaves for the United States.

  • Zachary Reyes