Will We Have An Election For President? BJP To Name Its Choice By June 23

Just in case a consensus is not managed, voting has been set for July 17 with counting on July 20.

NEW DELHI: In about a week, the BJP and its allies will reveal their choice for President of India, the ruling party has decided today. The opposition – which is meeting separately – has indicated that based on who the government picks, it will decide whether it wants to nominate its choice, which would then result in an election on July 17.

The BJP’s top leaders met in Delhi today and were briefed on the presidential election by Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh, who, along with Arun Jaitley, form a committee tasked to consult other parties – including the opposition and allies – on who would make a good successor for President Pranab Mukherjee, whose five-year term expires on July 24.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for the United States on June 24, so the government would like to announce its choice before then – by the 23rd or next Friday, the party’s top leaders were told.

While the BJP was finalizing its strategy, opposition leaders like Sharad Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, Derek O’Brien and Ghulam Nabi Azad met to review how they would like to proceed. Opposition heavyweights like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have said their preference would be for the government to name a candidate who is acceptable across party lines, which would make an election unnecessary.

 

Just in case a consensus is not managed, voting has been set for July 17 with counting on July 20.

The President is elected by national and state law-makers. With regional parties like Telangana’s TRS offering their support to the government, the BJP and its allies will outnumber the opposition if an election is held.

The opposition has said that even if that is the case, an election could help it gain valuable insights and experience in collating against the government. A maha-gathbandhan or Grand Alliance, it has said, could be its only real chance of challenging PM Modi when he seeks a second term two years from now.

 

Source: NDTV 

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