Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind is BJP’s Presidential nominee: Amit Shah

Prime News, National, New Delhi, June 19:- Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind has been decided as BJP’s presidential candidate, Amit Shah announced on Monday.

Kovind is likely to file his papers on June 23, BJP president Amit Shah said after a nearly two-hour meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board.

He said political parties had been informed of the NDA’s choice.

“I hope all will agree to the name,” he said at a press conference.

The final decision on the Presidential’s nominee was taken today at the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah, including Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh, Ananth Kumar, M Venkaiah Naidu and several top leaders.

Meanwhile, PM Modi speaks to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh to seek their support for NDA’s Presidential nominee Ramnath Kovind

BJP’s Parliamentary Board is the party’s highest decision-making body.

Bharatiya Janata Party and allied MPs are being called to New Delhi by Tuesday to sign the nomination papers. Each nomination paper has to be signed by at 50 proposers and an equal number of seconders who can also be MLAs.

The National Democratic Alliance’s attempt is to file at least three-four sets of nominations of its candidate so that all allies can get to sign.

The meet comes after a three-member party committee, comprising of Rajnath Singh, Naidu and Arun Jaitley last week met with allies and Opposition parties.

The BJP on Sunday had stepped up its efforts to gather support for its unnamed Presidential nominee, with its top leaders talking to allies Shiv Sena and LJP as well as the Trinamool Congress and BJD, even as it disclosed that the NDA candidate will file the nomination before June 24 after the Opposition is conveyed its choice.

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday had maintained his party’s aggressive stance on the issue of the Presidential polls at the much awaited meeting with BJP president Amit Shah.

Though the Bharatiya Janata Party chief did not disclose the names of any candidate for the post of President, he sought Thackeray’s support for the NDA nominee.

However, Thackeray had reiterated his pet names for the top post – RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and agro-scientist MS Swaminathan.

-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)



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