Opposition parties to discuss about Presidential elections 2017 today to pick candidate


New Delhi: Opposition parties will meet today to choose new president of the India following presidential elections.

The Election Commission stated that the opposition parties will discuss over the next president candidate in a meeting. The presidential elections will take place on July 17 and the counting of votes will be held on July 20.

It added that the registration of nominations is likely to get start from June 14 i.e. today and will last till June 28. Analysis will be held on June 29 and the last date for ending is July 1.

Current President Pranab Mukherjee’s term period will get over on July 24.

The parties will also converse about candidate suitable for the position of Vice President as Hamid Ansari’s term period will get finish in the month of August.

Earlier, Sonia Gandhi had form a sub-group of members from different parties to make the discussions over presidential polls.

The sub-group comprises of Congress leaders including 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.

Until now, various opposition parties have conducted meetings to come up with a suitable candidate but have resolute to stay for the ruling party to reach out to them with new candidate.

In the meantime, BJP chief Amit Shah has also created a three-member committee involving Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu to choose a presidential candidate.

BJP chie Shiv Sena had predictable RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s name for the country’s uppermost constitutional post, although the veteran Hindutva leader had refused it.