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Opposition to huddle today over Presidential polls

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

With the date of nominating candidates for the upcoming Presidential polls inching closer, the Opposition parties are slated to meet at 4pm here today to deliberate on the same.

As President Pranab Mukherjee's term comes to an end on July 24, the Presidential will be held on July 17.

Earlier in May, president called on the leaders of the Opposition to build a consensus on the Presidential nominee.

Leaders of 17 parties namely JD (U), CPI, CPI-M, SP, DMK, NCP, RJD and TMC, besides some other big and small regional parties attended the meeting.

While indicated his support in favour of if he secured a second term as the President, the so far has been non-committal on a second term for him.

Contrary to this, the Shiv Sena, an ally of the (BJP) in had proposed chief Mohan Bhagwat's name as the Democratic Alliance's candidate for the country's top constitutional post earlier too

The Commission said the last date of nomination is June 28 and the counting of votes will be taken up on July 20.

President Mukherjee will demit office on July 25 and Vice President Hamid Ansari will complete his second tenure in August.

The President is elected through an Electoral College that includes and State legislators.

Currently, there are 13 vacancies in the Electoral College.

As many as 21 AAP MLAs are also eligible to vote.

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 06:10 IST