BJP To Announce Its Presidential Candidate In A Week
New Delhi: As the process of filing nominations for the Presidential election began on Wednesday with Election Commission issuing notification, the BJP and its allies announced that they would reveal their candidate in a week.
Meanwhile, the Opposition which met separately indicated that it would announce its candidate basing on the government’s announcement regarding the candidate.
The BJP top leaders met in Delhi on Wednesday and were briefed on the Presidential election by Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh, along with Aruna Jaitley formed a committee tasked to consult other parties- including the opposition and allies- on who would make a good successor to President Pranab Mukherjee.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for the United States on June 24, so the government would want to announce its choice before that.
While the BJP was finalising its strategy, opposition leaders like Sharad Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, Derek O’Brien and Ghulam Nabi Azad met to review how they would like to proceed. Opposition heavyweights like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have said their preference would be for the government to name a candidate who is acceptable across party lines, which would make an election unnecessary.
Just in case a consensus is not managed, voting has been set for July 17 with counting on July 20.