BJP will reach out to other parties for picking President, says Venkaiah Naidu
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BJP will reach out to other parties for picking President, says Venkaiah Naidu

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu says the BJP will consult all parties to reach a consensus on the next President of India.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2017 12:38 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu and Maharashtra has said the BJP will consult all parties in an attempt to reach a consensus on India’s next President. (HT PHOTO)

The BJP on Tuesday said it has begun the process of reaching out to its allies and other political parties to evolve a broad consensus on a presidential nominee.

A day after it set up a three-member committee to pick a presidential candidate, Union minister and senior party member M Venkaiah Naidu said the party in the “true spirit of democracy” will reach out to the others to finalise a name. If the parties fail to reach an agreement, election to pick the new occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan will be held on July 17. The result will be declared on July 20.

“We have started internal consultations. As the ruling party, we have the responsibility to take all along,” Naidu said.

Along with finance minister Arun Jaitely and home minister Rajnath Singh, Naidu is part of the committee announced by BJP president Amit Shah on Monday to hold consultations on the issue.

Read more: BJP’s Amit Shah cancels Arunachal visit as talks begin on prez election

On his name doing the rounds as a possible candidate, Naidu quipped: “My president has done me a favour by including me in this committee, so that speculation ends.”

The BJP is trying to win the support of parties such as the BJD, the TRS and the AIADMK which make up for the 18,300 votes of the electoral college that it needs for the presidential election.

Winning support from the AIADMK, which has 59,224 votes and the BJD which has 32,892 votes is crucial for the BJP, support from even one would give them an edge over the Opposition.

Earlier, BJP chief Amit Shah called off his two day visit to Arunachal Pradesh that was to begin on Monday, to be part of the deliberations that have begun to select a presidential candidate. The party has also postponed its national executive meeting in Vishakapatnam scheduled for July 14 and 15.

First Published: Jun 13, 2017 21:46 IST