New Delhi: Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu are part of a panel formed by BJP chief Amit Shah to hold talks with regional parties on the upcoming presidential elections.
The three-member panel will consult the regional parties and other stakeholders on an NDA candidate. "The committee's mandate is to consult leaders of all political parties for the presidential poll and try to evolve a consensus," a BJP statement said.
Opposition parties have also begun parleys to find a consensus candidate and a meeting has been scheduled on June 14 to formally begin discussions. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had earlier this month constituted a 10-member sub-group of representatives from opposition parties to take forward the discussions.
The sub-group consists of Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, JD-U leader Shard Yadav, RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, TMC leader Derek O'Brien, Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP's Satish Chandra Mishra, DMK leader RS Bharathi and NCP's Praful Patel.
The presidential election will be held on July 17 and counting of votes will take place on July 20.
The term of the country's 13th President, Pranab Mukherjee, will end on July 24.
The Election Commission said the filing of nominations will begin on June 14 and the last date will be June 28. Scrutiny will take place on June 29 and the last date for withdrawal is July 1.