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Presidential polls: Rajnath, Venkaiah call on Sonia Gandhi, L K Advani, M M Joshi to build consensus

The two ministers also met CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. Photograph: (ANI)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 16, 2017, 01.37 PM (IST) Kartikeya Sharma

Two senior cabinet ministers of the Narendra Modi-led Indian government, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu, met the Congress party president Sonia Gandhi in a move to generate consensus on the election of country's next president.

The two ministers are part of a three-member committee which includes defence minister Arun Jaitley also.

The committee has been formed by the BJP president Amit Shah to form a consensus on the election of country's next president.

Sources in the meeting told WION that BJP leaders instead of suggesting names asked Congress if they have someone in mind. 

Sonia Gandhi told the BJP leaders that she expected them to come up with some names, sources added.

Indian government reached out to the opposition on Friday to build consensus on a presidential candidate ahead of the elections next month (ANI)

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In response to this, BJP leaders told Sonia Gandhi that once they finalise the names, they would seek the support of the Congress party. 

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told WION that in case the ruling party does not come up with a name, no proper discussion will take place.

Azad also added that when a consensus was being built for former President Abdul Kalam, then NDA had shared the name with the Congress who had supported BJP’s candidate. 

The meeting, which lasted over 20 minutes, was also attended by senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.

The two ministers also met CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. 

The two ministers also drove to the residence of BJP patriarch and member of "Margdarshak" committee Lal Krishna Advani. After that, the duo went and met Murli Manohar Joshi. 

Political observers are saying that the meeting with Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi could be a courtesy visit to seek their opinion on the election of the next President.

Throughout the day, there were strong murmurs around Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj's name being proposed for President but none came on record to speak about the issue.

BJP is expected to declare the name of the candidate before 24th of this month as Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be leaving for Washington on June 25.

The two ministers are part of a three-member committee which includes defence minister Arun Jaitley who is in Seoul.

The committee has been formed by the BJP president Amit Shah to form a consensus on the election of country's next president.

 

 

 

 

 

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