BJP Parliamentary Board meets to finalise President nominee

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu is expected to brief the party's parliamentary board on his deliberations with leaders of various political parties.

BJP sources said the nomination will be filed before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves on his three-nation foreign tour. But the Trinamool is part of the opposition on the Presidential election.

Amit Shah arrives at party Headquarters for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting scheduled to take place at 12 pm in Delhi on Monday.

Apparently, reiterating the old tune, Thackeray once again pitched the names of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and agro-scientist MS Swaminathan for the top post.

Meanwhile, AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai has said, "The party will meet soon and announce support to the Presidential candidate". After the CM said that Shah will not contest in 2017 elections from his home constituency Naranpura, and with Shah later saying that the party will decide whether he will contest or not, speculations have started in state BJP that Shah may not contest in assembly polls.

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.

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury, TMC leader Derek O'Brien, Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP's Satish Chandra Mishra, DMK leader R. S. Bharathi and NCP's Praful Patel are part of the sub-group. The last date of filing nomination is 28th of this month.

The presidential election will be held on July 17 and the counting of votes is slated for July 20.

Vanessa Coleman