Opposition seeks common Presidential candidate
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Opposition seeks common Presidential candidate

21 Apr 2017 | By Gaurav Jeyaraman

Nitish meets Sonia amidst calls for common Presidential candidate

While JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar was visiting Sonia Gandhi, the JD(U) made an appeal to all opposition parties to propose a common candidate for the Presidential elections.

JD(U) spokesman K C Tyagi urged Sonia Gandhi to speak to all parties, "as the most senior leader of the opposition."

It is unclear if Nitish Kumar and Sonia Gandhi discussed this in their meeting.

Timeline
Presidential elections

Indian Presidential elections

President Pranab Mukherjee's term is set to end on 25 July, 2017. Elections will be conducted before this to choose his successor.

The new President will be elected by an electoral college comprising of members of both houses. The total strength of Electoral college is 10,98,882 votes.

Incumbent Presidents can stand for re-election any number of times as there is no term limit.

21 Apr 2017

Nitish meets Sonia amidst calls for common Presidential candidate

Opposition

Opposition parties perturbed by BJP victories

The recent electoral gains made by the BJP in state election has perturbed opposition parties.

Several leaders from the BSP, SP, JD(U) etc have appealed to pose a united opposition against the BJP for the 2019 elections.

Analysts speculate that the proposal for a common presidential candidate for the presidential elections can be a dry-run for the proposed "grand alliance."

Fact

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury meets Sonia Gandhi

Amidst calls from the JD(U) for a common presidential candidate, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury met Sonia Gandhi at her residence to discuss the matter. The CPI(M) Politburo had earlier agreed to extend support to any common presidential candidate.

Mamata Banerjee

Mamata backs Advani for President

Mamata backs Advani for President

TMC leader Mamata Banerjee stated that she would be happy to see LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj or Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan as the president.

However, LK Advani's chances of being fielded as a candidate have been dented by the Supreme Court that reopened conspiracy charges against him on the Babri Masjid case.

Parties are yet to declare their candidates for the election.