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BJP Parliamentary Board to Meet Today to Discuss Nominee for Presidential Polls

Sumit Pande | CNN-News18

Updated: June 19, 2017, 11:07 AM IST
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New Delhi: With just five days left for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to leave for the United States, the ruling BJP has called a parliamentary board meeting on Monday to discuss its nominee for the upcoming Presidential elections.

Modi is expected to attend the meeting, along with senior party leaders Amit Shah, Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. It is not clear whether the nominee will be decided on Monday itself or in a separate NDA meeting later this week.

Things seem to be heating up for the Presidential elections as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke to the top brass at Trinamool Congress and Biju Janata Dal on Sunday.

Sources close to the party leadership had earlier told News18 that Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agarwal met Union minister Venkaiah Naidu and have communicated that they would want a "political person" in the Raisina Hill.

Last week, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi, while, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury, S Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja Naidu held a detailed discussion with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar over the phone on Saturday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj emerged as a lead contender to become NDA's Presidential candidate, three top sources from the BJP and RSS had earlier told News18. Names of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu have also been doing the rounds for the top post.
First Published: June 19, 2017, 9:29 AM IST
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