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  • Opposition waits for Govt proposal on Presidential candidate

    Published on June 15, 2017

    soia-lalooNew Delhi: The three-member committee of BJP will meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday to hold consultation on presidential candidate. The committee will also meet CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on the same day over the issue. Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu a member of  the  committee, on Wednesday spoke to BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra and Praful Patel of NCP to evolve a broad consensus on presidential nominee.

    Recently, BJP President Amit Shah had constituted a committee comprising Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu to hold consultations with the NDA allies and the opposition parties.

    Meanwhile opposition leader met at Parliament House to chalk out joint strategy on the presidential polls. Talking to reporters, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, there was no discussion on any name in the meeting and they will meet again after seeing the name and proposal of government in this regard. He said the opposition is united on the issue.

    CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad, Ramgopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and TMC leader Derek O’Brien were among those who attended the meeting.

    Earlier in the day, the process of filing nominations for the Presidential poll began with the Election Commission issuing a notification. The nomination process will continue till the 28th of this month. If needed, the elections will take place on the 17th of next month. Elected members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and elected members of state legislative assemblies are the electors.

    The term of President Pranab Mukherjee comes to an end on the 24th of next month.

    Seven nominations were filed on Wednesday on the first day of filing nominations for the Presidential poll.