NEW DELHI: The government on Friday found little support as it started consultations with opposition parties for a possible consensus on the next President even as its ally Shiv Sena proposed agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan for the country’s top job.
Opposition leaders said the government’s move was “more like a PR exercise” as it did not reveal the names of its potential candidates.
The successor of President Pranab Mukherjee will be elected on July 17 through a complex voting pattern involving parliamentarians and state legislators.
Two Union ministers, Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh, met several opposition leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, to seek their “views and suggestions”.
The BJP leaders reminded the Congress of the 2007 presidential polls when the UPA government propped up Pratibha Patil without consulting the NDA, which was then in the opposition. They also referred to media reports of “unfortunate allegations” against Patil’s husband.
Naidu and Singh also mentioned the 2002 polls, when APJ Abdul Kalam became the consensus choice of both the NDA and the Congress.
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NEW DELHI: Former diplomat Gopal Krishna Gandhi could be the potential opposition candidate for the July 17 presidential election with Left parties pushing for Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson for the country’s highest post, multiple sources told a leading newspaper on Wednesday.
The government, however, is trying to build consensus for its own candidate and two Union ministers, Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu, are expected to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday, BJP sources said. They will hold a separate meeting with CPM leader Sitaram Yechury.
India’s presidential election involves a complex voting pattern involving all parliamentarians and state legislators.
The NDA needs around 20,000 more votes to ensure victory of its candidate and reaching out to the opposition is seen as an exercise to test if there could be a consensus and ensure a greater margin of victory.
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New Delhi : The Election Commission has announced the date for the election of President and Vice President. The Elections will be held on 17th of July, and Results will be announced on 20th of July. The Important thing is that voting will be from Ballet paper.
The Big thing is that at this time no party can make its M.L.A. out of the election process. That is, the parties will not be able to issue whip.
Notification will be issued on Wednesday i.e. 14 June. The last date for nomination is 28th June. The last date for withdrawal is July 1.
Current President’s term is ending on 24th of next month. In such a situation, the election is inevitable. By the end of this month, the Modi government and the opposition will announce the names of their candidates.
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