BJP parliamentary board to discuss presidential poll options

Gladys Abbott
June 19, 2017

"We have decided that Ram Nath Kovind will be the NDA Presidential candidate", Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said after a almost two-hour meeting here of the party's Parliamentary Board attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior leaders.

The TDP chief said that his party will stand by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision in this regard.

He was responding to questions at a press conference about ally Shiv Sena, which has often been critical of the BJP and the Modi government, suggesting the name of M S Swaminathan, known for steering India's Green Revolution, as its presidential choice.

Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said that Uddhav would recommend Swaminathan's name to Shah in the meeting today.

The relationship between the BJP and its alliance partner Shiv Sena has reached a new low in Maharashtra, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hinting in the Assembly on Thursday that he will not shy away from a midterm assembly poll.

Other Sena leaders and BJP state President Raosaheb Patil-Danve stayed out of the 75-minute meeting.

The parliamentary board of the Bharatiya Janata Party is meeting today to discuss its candidate for the July 17 presidential polls.

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The elected representatives - all whom will vote in the election - will sign the papers nominating the NDA candidate. "We hope he will be the unanimous candidate for the election", Shah said.

The BJP Parliamentary Board will meet on Monday to take a decision on its presidential nominee.

"Some people had said that they will withdraw support and bring down the government. We will also decide on the future course of action", said Mr Chavan.

With the Sena releasing how much the BJP's needs it for July's presidential polls, the saffron party is pushing the BJP for a hard bargain.

The letter is quite humorous, as it says, "We would like to register a record on his (Uddhav Thackeray) behalf, "for announcing number of times that his party Shiv Sena would withdraw their support from the Maharashtra government".

The Sena statements came barely 48 hours before a Shah-Thackeray "summit" scheduled for Sunday morning to solicit and secure its support for an NDA candidate for the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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