Presidential election: BJP chief Amit Shah’s 3-member team to select NDA’s candidate

Presidential election

Veteran BJP leader LK Advani was believed to be the automatic choice for the top post but his chances were dented after a court’s ruling that he be charged for criminal conspiracy in Babri demolition case.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has formed a three-member team to pick the NDA’s candidate for presidential election scheduled to be held on July 17.

BJP president Amit Shah today appointed senior party leaders Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu to talk to NDA members and pick a name to represent the ruling alliance in the presidential election.


  1. Neither the BJP-led NDA nor the Congress-headed Opposition have announced their candidates to replace President Pranab Mukherjee whose term ends on July 25.
  2. Congress has held several meetings with Opposition parties to pick a consensus candidate but nothing has been finalised so far.
  3. Reports said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had even approached veteran Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar with the offer to be the Opposition’s presidential candidate. However, the former Union minister made it clear he won’t contest.
  4. For the BJP, selecting a presidential candidate is appearing to be one huge task as it has so far failed to convince allies like the Shiv Sena over the issue.
  5. Veteran party leader LK Advani was believed to be an automatic choice for the saffron party but his chances appear to have been dented after being charged of criminal conspiracy in 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.
  6. Opposition parties will meet on June 14 to formally begin discussions on the presidential and vice presidential elections. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has initiated moves to bring the opposition parties on a common platform for the elections.
  7. Gandhi, earlier this month, constituted a ten member sub-group of representatives from opposition parties to take forward the deliberations and discussions on the elections.
  8. Several opposition parties have held parleys to find a consensus candidate but have decided to wait for the ruling alliance to reach out to them with the name of its candidate.
  9. The parties have said that if a consensual candidate does not emerge, they will field a candidate “who will steadfastly defend the constitutional values”.
  10. The Election Commission last week announced that the election of the next President will be held on July 17 and counting of votes will take place on July 20.


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