Vice-Presidential Election 2017: BJP to pick NDA's candidate today

The Bhartiya Janata Party parliamentary board will meet in the evening to pick the ruling NDA's vice presidential candidate. The meeting is expected after the voting for the presidential poll ends.

Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and senior BJP leader LK Advani at NDA meeting in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI

Representative image. PTI

There is speculation that the saffron party may pick a candidate from a region where it has been traditionally weak so as to send out a positive message. Its chief Amit Shah has identified states like Kerala, Telangana and West Bengal as the new growth region for the party.
As was the case with its presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit seen as a surprise pick, the party might go for a face that will help it politically. Names of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and O Rajagopal are being mentioned as probables.

An alliance of 18 opposition parties, including the Congress, has already announced Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its candidate for vice presidential poll scheduled for 5 August .18 July  is the last date for filing of nominations.
The electoral college for the election consists of 790 MPs of the two chambers of Parliament.

The ruling bloc enjoys an overwhelming majority in the electoral college and BJP has expressed confidence about garnering anywhere between 500 and 550 votes.


Published Date: Jul 17, 2017 01:59 pm | Updated Date: Jul 17, 2017 02:12 pm


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