BJP panel to meet today to finalize presidential candidate

President polls: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to join the meeting virtually.

New Delhi:

Even though the opposition has not yet chosen its candidate for the presidential elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold its parliamentary council meeting here on Tuesday where it is likely to finalize its choice for the election scheduled for July 18, sources said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to join the meeting virtually.

The BJP has already formed a 14-member leadership team to oversee the election. Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is the organizer of this team.

BJP leader JP Nadda held a key meeting on Sunday to reflect on the upcoming elections where members of the leadership team were present. The meeting was attended by top leaders like Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Ashwini Vaishnaw, G Kishan Reddy, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Vinod Tawde, CT Ravi, Sambit Patra and others.

Notably, Mr. Nadda and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh have been given the responsibility of holding talks with all political parties on the presidential candidate.

They held talks with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Leader Sharad Pawar, Trinamool Congress Speaker and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Janata Dal (United) Leader and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Biju supremo Janata Dal and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and the National Conference. leader Farooq Abdullah but no results have come so far.

The deadline for submitting nominations is June 29, the ballot will take place on July 18 and the votes will be counted on July 21.

Opposition leaders, who gathered in the nation’s capital on June 15, announced that they had decided to present a consensus candidate for the presidential elections.

Leaders of 17 political parties have joined a crucial meeting of opposition parties convened by Mamata Banerjee to reach consensus on fielding a common candidate against the NDA in the presidential elections. TMC, Congress, CPI, CPI(M), CPIML, RSP, Shiv Sena, NCP, RJD, SP, National Conference, PDP, JD(S), DMK, RLD, IUML and JMM – participated in the meeting held at the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi on June 15.

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