Pratibha Patil, Kalam key points in BJP-Cong talks on presidential poll
The electoral context of two former presidents Pratibha Patil and APJ Abdul Kalam were the main points of discussion between the leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NLD) Narendra Modi and Congressional President Sonia Gandhi on Friday.
Sources said Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh emphasized that the congressional-led government had not consulted the opposition but continued the Patil nomination in 2007.
The incident went so far as to counteract earlier allegations of opposition that the Modi government did not speak to them.
During the meeting, some unfortunate allegations were also opposed by Patil’s husband.
Naidu and Singh spoke with the congress president at his 10 Janpath residence for half an hour.
At the meeting, Naidu and Singh also reminded the president of Congress as APJ Abdul Kalam was elected in 2002 as a consensus option to Prohibit the Left, which has its own candidate.
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Sources said Naidu explained the purpose of the meeting: to know the opinion of the opposition parties to the prime minister and party leader to choose a candidate.
Government citations also said that the views of Congress would be “to seriously consider”.
The two sides have not discussed names of potential candidates.
Singh and Gandhi Naidu would have asked if he had a candidate in mind, but being elusive. Congress argued that it was not necessary for the NDA to conduct interviews with them without revealing the name of their election to the presidential candidate.
“There is no question of reaching consensus when they gave no name. We can talk about it with our allies and other political party leaders only if names are given,” said party leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
Gandhi had met with PCI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury a few minutes before Naidu and Singh – part of a three-member group composed of BJP President Amit Shah to negotiate with other parties – is abandoned .
The panel must meet Yechury his party office in the afternoon.
Government involvement prevented opposition parties from finalizing a presidential candidate at a meeting on Wednesday.
According to sources, the NDA is trying to win Sharad Pawar from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of the opposition camp.
One day after speaking with Praful Patel party leader Naidu called for a meeting with Pawar on Thursday. Veteran Maharashtra responded by saying that he will be in Delhi for a few days for further talks.
With only 20,000 votes to be learned from elsewhere, the Narendra Modi government seems poised to push its candidate into Rashtrapati Bhavan in the next poll.
The presidential election will be held on July 17 and the votes will be counted three days later.