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Presidential election: BJP's parliamentary board to meet today over candidate selection

Ellis Copeland | 20 June, 2017, 01:01

Modi was welcomed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah at the party office on Ashoka Road in New Delhi area.

The BJP leaders last week said the NDA is "absolutely confident" of the win of its candidates in both the presidential and vice-presidential elections. Mr Shah said had any name been cited, the opposition would have complained that the government has already made up its mind.

The names are expected to be added after the BJP parliamentary party meet, which is expected to meet today, comes to a decision, party sources have said.

According to IANS, the board members will be briefed about the consultation of the three-member party committee formed to evolve consensus with the Opposition on the subject.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday met Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and held discussions over the Presidential election. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah will attend the meeting. "The BJP leaders did not give any name to Congress President Sonia Gandhi but they wanted us to reveal the name of our candidate".

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The saffron party has maintained a unusual secrecy over the choice of its candidate, baffling not just the Opposition but also some allies. A consensus candidate appears elusive - with the BJP yet to name its candidate and most of the opposition parties insisting that they can only come to decision when a name is announced.

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

The presidential poll is scheduled to be held on July 17 from 10 am to 5 pm (Indian Standard Time) while the counting of votes is on July 20. Nomination form of the candidate is to be signed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 as seconders for each set.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued the notification in this regard and the process of the nomination has started that will continue till June 28.

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