BJP’s presidential nominee announcement leaves no scope for discussion: Left

Speaking at an “opinion-makers meet” attended by with a select group of city residents from various sectors on Sunday, Mr. Shah said his party has been pro-free trade and free agriculture policy since inception. 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.

He also said that the oppostion parties will take joint decision on presidential candidate.

Naidu, after the meeting, told the media that the name of the Presidential candidate would be announced before June 23. He also met Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal to come up with a mutually-acceptable candidate.

Informed sources said Naidu briefed Shah about his discussions.

Meanwhile, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev also said that consensus on the nomination for the upcoming Presidential polls is needed by the political parties considering the dignity of the post.

The election for the next President of India is to be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 25. The three-member ministerial team formed to build consensus – comprising Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu – has already reached out to the opposition. The last date for filing of nominations is June 28.

The BJP, which has an edge in the electoral college, is seeking to muster maximum support for its nominee to ensure a comfortable victory.

Last week, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi, while, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury, S Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja Naidu held a detailed discussion with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar over the phone on Saturday.

An election to choose the next President of India appears inevitable as the initial round of talks between the BJP and the opposition is about to end.

The Congress and other opposition parties might put forward former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar’s names for the country’s top post. The opposition parties are scheduled to hold a similar meeting on June 22. He had described the government consultations as a “PR exercise”.

“Paswan went to London for his treatment, and we all were waiting for him to come back”.