BJP Parliamentary Board to meet to finalise presidential nominee

A party leader said the meeting may authorise Shah to take a call, so it is not clear whether the board will announce its candidate today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah will also attend the meeting of the party's highest decision making body. 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.

Reports on Saturday said BJP has prepared four sets of nomination papers, leaving the space for the name of the candidate blank.

Though Shah did not disclose the names of any candidate for the post of President, he sought Thackeray's support for the NDA nominee which might be announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later on Tuesday.

Naidu has also spoken to Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav and Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal over phone and met Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra in this regard.

Informed sources said Naidu briefed Shah about his discussions. The nomination process will close on June 28.

The BJP is expected to win the Presidential election comfortably.

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 Left parties are pitching for a contest because they feel the Presidential election was in a way an ideological battle and the Rashtrapati Bhavan's occupant should be a person with impeccable secular credentials and one who can uphold the Constitution. They should be able to count on enough support from other parties to secure a majority, say BJP officials.

  • Leroy Wright