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Shiv Sena, BJP 'two faces of one coin': Congress

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

With Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat's name being speculated as the next Presidential candidate, the Party on Thursday while downplaying the same stated that no names have been finalised so far.

"The deliberations are still underway with regards to the presidential polls. The and BJP, being two faces of one coin, share the same agenda. No names have been finalised so far. At present, the only focus of the Opposition is to fight the elections as one single unit, rather than individual political parties," leader Mallikarjun Kharge told ANI.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Opposition leaders held a meeting at the to discuss the road to the presidential polls.

Stressing on the importance of deliberating before reaching a consensus, senior advocate KTS Tulsi said it is essential to consider the opinion of all political factions, before arriving at a decision.

"The is not a mere formality; opinions of all parties should be taken into account. I hope they arrive at a consensus," he said.

Meanwhile, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and M. Venkaiah Naidu will meet president Sonia Gandhi and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Friday to discuss matters related to next month's presidential

Both have already spoken to Nationalist Party's Praful Patel and Bahujan Samaj Party's Satish Mishra.

Recently, Sonia Gandhi met various leaders from opposition parties to give a tough fight to the ruling Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government's candidate for the post of President.

Earlier this week, president Amit Shah had formed a three-member committee, consisting of Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, M. Venkaiah Naidu and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for consultations with the opposition over likely candidates for president.

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

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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 06:42 IST
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