NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting his core team to pick the ruling NDA’s candidate for President. The Parliamentary Party is expected to formally ask the Prime Minister to nominate a candidate, sources said. A formal announcement is expected later. On NDA’s decision hinges whether an election will be necessary. Most opposition parties have said they will decide on consensus once the NDA names its candidate. CPM’s Sitaram Yechury has said the opposition will announce its own candidate if the BJP fails to announce its candidate by Tuesday.
1.Though numerically strong in the electoral college — which elects the president — to get its candidate chosen with ease, the NDA has said they would prefer a consensus candidate.
2.But most opposition parties have said they can only come to a decision when a name is announced. Among them are the Congress, the Left, The Trinamool Congress, the Samajwadi Party and Odisha’s ruling BJD.
3.NDA ally Shiv Sena has sided with the opposition on this issue, saying they cannot endorse a candidate without knowing who it is.
4.Parties that have agreed to go with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s choice include Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK and the TDP, which rules Andhra Pradesh.
5.The Left Front has said if the NDA doesn’t announce its candidate by Tuesday, the opposition will announce its own candidate.The Congress and the Left have indicated that the government wants cooperation not consensus – a claim BJP chief Amit Shah has denied.
6.The BJP is expected to contact opposition leaders once again after the name of its Presidential candidate is decided.
7.The Shiv Sena has named 91-year-old agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan and Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of BJP’s ideological mentor RSS, as its top choices. In the two last Presidential elections, the party has supported Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil – both of whom were UPA candidates.
8.All BJP lawmakers and ministers, meanwhile, have been summoned to Delhi to get the nomination process underway. The elected representatives will have to sign the papers nominating the NDA candidate.
9.A total of four nomination papers have to be submitted — each needs 50 nominators and 50 seconders. Two days have been allocated for the signature process – June 19 and 20.
10.The nomination is expected to be submitted on June 23. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be present for the submission before he departs for the US the next day.