Presidential Election 2017: BJP might consult Naveen Patnaik to decide candidate, says Venkaiah Naidu

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that the party might consult BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in order to reach a consensus about a candidate for the upcoming Presidential poll.

Naidu, who was attending a Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas programme, said, "It will be a good tradition to elect a person as the president of India on consensus."

Asked whether they will consult BJD president Naveen Patnaik, Naidu said that they would like to discuss the matter
with all the opposition parties including BJD.

File image of Naveen Patnaik. PTI

File image of Naveen Patnaik. PTI

Naidu's statement came barely hours after BJP president Amit Shah formed a three-member committee to consult political parties in a bid to elect the new President on consensus.

Besides Naidu, the committee comprises Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley.

JD(U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, party leader Sharad Yadav, TMC president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have met Patnaik on the issue of Presidential election.

However, Patnaik has not given any assurance to any leader and maintained that he will would take a decision at the appropriate time, sources said.

Nomination papers for the Presidential election can be filed between 14 and June 28. The poll is scheduled to be held on 17 July.

BJD's decision regarding the presidential polls is considered significant as the party has 20 members in the Lok Sabha, nine members in the Rajya Sabha and 117 MLAs in the 147-member Odisha Assembly.

Published Date: Jun 12, 2017 22:27 PM | Updated Date: Jun 12, 2017 22:27 PM

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