The process of identifying the candidate for the presidential polls is expected to be firmed up once the June 2 Goa assembly polls are over. But the arrival of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on May 25 and the presence of several chief ministers, including Tamil Nadu's M Karunanidhi, for the May 29 National Development Council meeting is expected to give a fillip to it.
On Thursday, Mayawati will make her first visit to the Capital after becoming chief minister.
On his part, after dealing with the intra-DMK feud in his party, Karunanidhi will arrive in Delhi on May 28 on a two-day visit. Though there is no indication so far, there could be a meeting with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The Congress leader, however, would be campaigning in Goa on May 29 for the assembly polls.
The Prime Minister and Sonia have held separate interactions with some UPA allies and the Left.
Sources said that while talking with allies, supporting parties and other non-UPA, non-NDA parties, the Congress would keep in mind that the candidate identified would get he broad support of the UPA allies, the supporting parties and the non-UPA, non-NDA parties.
The Election Commission has not yet announced the schedule for the Presidential elections. But it is likely to follow the 2002 pattern when elections were notified on June 11 and nominations filed till June 25. Polling took place on