Presidential election 2017: BJP to decide its today?

Presidential election 2017: BJP to decide its today?

Presidential election 2017: BJP to decide its today?

Indian PM Narendra Modi 's (above) ruling party BJP has proposed that a politician from a low caste become the next president.

The nomination process for the Presidential Election began from June 14 with the issuance of a notification and the last date for filing of nomination is June 28.

The BJP Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision making body, will meet today to take a decision on its presidential nominee.

Reports on Saturday said BJP has prepared four sets of nomination papers, leaving the space for the name of the candidate blank. Also, the Board members will be briefed about the consultation done by a three-member party panel with allies and Opposition parties regarding the Presidential election 2017. "The BJP leaders did not give any name to Congress President Sonia Gandhi but they wanted us to reveal the name of our candidate".

Mr Shah has rejected opposition claims that the government came without names and they want cooperation, not consensus. This stand could spoil chances of the likes of MS Swaminathan, as suggested by the Shiv Sena, and "Metro Man" E Sreedharan.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other senior party leaders are expected to deliberate on the names for the top constitutional post.

Also a Brahmin-Dalit combination is being discussed for the post of the president and the vice-president.

Thackeray is also understood to have informed Shah that the BJP must announce first its candidate for The Presidency before his party can take a decision on whether to support the nominee. The vice-president's post falls vacant in August.

The NDA needs around 20,000 more votes to ensure victory of its candidate and the reach out to the opposition is seen as an exercise to test if there could be a consensus and ensure a greater margin of victory. A senior saffron party leader told IE on Saturday, "We have nearly 3 lakh votes more than the required number in the presidential electoral college".

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