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BJP Parliamentary Board to meet to finalise president nominee

BJP Parliamentary Board to meet to finalise president nominee”

Earlier in the day, BJP president Amit Shah held a close-door meeting with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as part of the ruling party's efforts to ensure support of allies in the presidential election.

Mr Naidu briefed BJP President Amit Shah on discussions with various parties so far.

The BJP Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision making body, will meet today to take a decision on its presidential nominee. "Uddhavji told him that he will convene a meeting of theparty leaders to arrive on a decision and convey our answer to him in one-two days", he said The Sena MP said Thackeray may "answer many questions later this evening" when he will address the party workers on the Shiv Sena's 51st foundation day.

This three-member committee was constituted by Shah last week and it comprised senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Rajnath Singh, M. Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley.

The Congress and other opposition parties might put forward former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's names for the country's top post.

The BJP leaders also had meetings with AIADMK leader M Thambidurai and CPI leader S Sudhakar Reddy, Samajwadi party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra.

So far, a total of eight nominations have been accepted. The presidential poll is scheduled to be held on 17th of next month while the counting of votes is on 20th of July.



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