BJP Forms Consultation Committee Ahead Of Prez Polls

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New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah on Monday constituted a three-member committee which will consult political parties — including the opposition — to select a consensus candidate for the presidential poll.

The committee, comprising senior union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu, will hold deliberations with BJP allies and opposition parties for the July 17 presidential election.

“The committee’s mandate is to consult leaders of all political parties for the presidential poll and try to evolve a consensus,” a BJP statement said.

The last date for filing nominations for the poll is June 28.

The current President Pranab Mukherjee’s term is due to end on July 24.

Last date for filing nomination is set at June 28. Post the polls on 17 July, the counting process will be on 20 July.

No political party can impose ‘whip’ on any of its MPs or MLAs, thereby stating that no member is bound to inform his/her party about his/her choice of candidate.

Members will cast their vote through proportional representation in secret ballots.