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Presidential Election 2017: Amit Shah postpones Arunachal Pradesh tour to focus on upcoming poll

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah has postponed his visit to Arunachal Pradesh and the party is likely to defer its national executive meeting scheduled for 15-16 July in view of the presidential election.

File image of Amit Shah. Reuters

File image of Amit Shah. Reuters

Shah's presence in the capital is required as the BJP is likely to begin the process of finalising the name of its presidential nominee any time now, a party leader said.

The BJP president was to leave for the northeastern state on Monday. The election to the top constitutional post will be held on 17 July. The last date for filing nomination is 28 June.

There could be a meeting of senior party leaders in New Delhi, he said, giving the reason for postponing Shah's Arunachal Pradesh trip.

If the Opposition, too, puts up a candidate, which is very likely considering the ongoing talks among top leaders in the Congress, the Left, JD(U), among others, a contest will be inevitable.

The BJP leader said there was no point in keeping the national executive meeting scheduled for 15-16 July in Andhra Pradesh, as the presidential election is scheduled for 17 July.

He noted that the executive meeting was fixed long before the Election Commission announced the presidential poll schedule.

The Election Commission had on 7 June announced the schedule for the presidential poll.

The nomination process will begin on 14 June with the issuance of a notification and the counting of votes will take place on 20 July in New Delhi.

The electorate, comprising elected Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members and members of state Assemblies, is tilted in favour of the NDA, but the Opposition is trying to woo some regional parties to support their candidate.

Updated Date: Jun 11, 2017 22:54 PM

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