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BJP yet to pick presidential candidate, says Amit Shah

It has rejected ally Shiv Sena’s suggestion of fielding RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for the top post.

india Updated: May 21, 2017 23:27 IST
Kumar Uttam  
BJP President Amit Shah.
BJP President Amit Shah.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not decided its candidate for the July presidential election yet, but it rejected ally Shiv Sena’s suggestion of fielding RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for the top post.

“Even if I have a name on my mind, it has to be discussed within the party first,” Shah said while speaking to a TV channel.

He also rejected the Shiv Sena's proposal regarding Bhagwat, saying that the party itself had ruled it out.

A lot of speculation has been doing the rounds about the ruling side’s presidential candidate as the NDA appears to be a position to get its man elected to the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

While veterans like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are still active in politics, names of relatively junior leaders such as Jharkahand governor Draupadi Murmu, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and others have been doing the rounds.  

The opposition too is trying to cobble up numbers and put up a joint candidate against the treasury bench’s nominee.

Former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar are seen as possible contenders.