BJP Parliamentary board to discuss Presidential nominee

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party asked the BJP to opt for a politician and not an apolitical person as its presidential candidate on a day the BJP also reached out to the TMC and the BJD over the nominee. TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu hailed Kovind's candidature as "the right choice" for the highest constitutional post and pledged his party's full support to him.

The party has given certain suggestions, including fielding a politician acceptable across a broad spectrum, while indicating that it is open to supporting NDA, the people cited earlier said.

Finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley, who is back from an official visit to South Korea, talked to the TMC leadership on the issue. According to Amit Shah, there will be a BJP government even after the election. Many party leaders have suggested that its top brass may opt for somebody moored to the saffron party's core ideology, but there has been no word from the leadership.

No breakthrough was made in the meeting held between BJP president Amit Shah and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray for seeking the latter's support for presidential poll candidate. "He told me that his stand is clear and whatever Prime Minister Narendra Modi decides will be acceptable to us", he added.

Mr. Shah said, "When Sonia Gandhi steps down from her post [as Congress president] everybody knows who will be the next party president".

The closed-door meeting at Matoshree, Bandra (east) between the BJP and Sena leaders went on for an hour.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday met Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and held discussions over the Presidential election.

The Left Front has said if the NDA doesn't announce its candidate by Tuesday, the opposition will announce its own candidate.

As the war between Shiv Sena and BJP has intensified after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections this February, the opposition is leaving no stone unturned to make the most of the situation.

Expressing its concern over the renewed spate of terror in the Kashmir Valley and the violence in West Bengal's Darjeeling, the Sena said these heavenly places on earth are now passing through a bad spell, but "some people" are more eager about winning mid-term elections in Maharashtra.

"We are discussing and considering various names, among ourselves and all the NDA constituents", Shah said, keeping the party's cards close to his chest. Amid reports of a rift between the allies, with BJP and Sena facing off on several issues - including the farmers' agitation before the loan- waiver announcement, as well as demonetisation - both Shah and Fadnavis have publicly stated that BJP is prepared for a mid-term poll in Maharashtra.



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