Presidential election: BJP's parliamentary board to meet today over candidate selection

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived at the BJP headquarters to attend the party's Parliamentary Board meeting called to discuss and select the party's candidate for the July 17 presidential election.

The BJP is expected to contact opposition leaders once again after the name of its Presidential candidate is announced. We were expecting them to disclose the name so that we can discuss it in our party and other opposition parties. The party's parliamentary board will take stock of the talks this committee had with opposition leaders. Last week, Rajnath Singh and Naidu had met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to evolve consensus on a candidate nominee.

Mr Shah has rejected opposition claims that the government came without names and they want cooperation, not consensus.

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India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has proposed that a politician from a low caste become the next president, its top strategist said on Monday, in a move to consolidate the party's support among poorer voters.

Multiple sources have told HT that former diplomat Gopalkrishna Gandhi could be the potential opposition candidate, with Left parties pushing for Mahatma Gandhi's grandson for the country's highest post.

BJP leaders are meeting leaders of various political parties to reach a consensus on presidential nominee. This stand could spoil chances of the likes of MS Swaminathan, as suggested by the Shiv Sena, and "Metro Man" E Sreedharan.

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The BJP today named Dalit leader and Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's candidate for the post of president.

Speculations are there that the Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu's names are on the BJP's wishlist.

Kovind's nomination to the largely ceremonial post of president would be expected to garner enough votes from the BJP and its allies in an electoral college that brings together federal and state lawmakers.

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