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Presidential elections 2017: NDA to pick its VP candidate today

Voting for the presidential election is on Monday, and for vice-presidential election is August 5

Archis Mohan  |  New Delhi 

Presidential elections 2017 meeting at Parliament
Parliament

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board is slated to meet on Monday to pick the vice-presidential candidate of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Today, Opposition presidential candidate and vice-presidential candidate met members of political parties supporting their respective candidatures.


Addressing the members, both Kumar and stressed that while electoral college numbers are stacked against the Opposition but the battle was ideological and has brought together political parties from to Kanyakumari.

president said the Constitution and the law of the land were “sadly under siege today”. “In these contests, the numbers may be against us. But the battle must be fought and fought hard. We cannot and must not let India be hostage to those who wish to impose upon it a narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision,” she said.

Presidential elections 2017 nominees
The voting for the presidential election is on Monday, while that for vice-presidential election is on August 5. The counting of votes for the presidential election is on July 20, and the new president will take the oath of office on July 25.

The BJP-led was to announce its candidate on Sunday, but this has been postponed to Monday. Sources claim Manipur Governor and Information and Broadcasting Minister are two of the aspirants. However, some consider Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao as the frontrunner.

But just as the name of NDA’s candidate was a surprise to many, including people in the NDA, so could be that of its vice-presidential candidate.

July 18 is the last day for filing of nominations for the vice-presidential election. Opposition candidate is likely to file his nomination papers on Monday.

The Opposition presidential candidate is being supported by 17 political parties, minus the (United). However, the JD (U) is supporting the Opposition’s vice-presidential candidate.

The NDA’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates are expected to win the polls comfortably.

First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 09:06 IST
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