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Presidential polls: Won't cooperate unless BJP gives a name, says Congress

Earlier, Rajnath and Naidu met Sonia Gandhi to seek cooperation in the presidential polls

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Photo: PTI
Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Photo: PTI

The on Friday ruled out cooperation with the unless the ruling dispensation puts forward a name it would like to field in the presidential election, after senior Ministers and M President but did not disclose the name of its nominee.

"They (BJP ministers) did not give us any name, instead asked us for a name. We were expecting them to suggest a name. Then we would have discussed that within our own party and with other opposition parties," senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media after the meeting.

Saying that the BJP leaders Gandhi seeking cooperation in the presidential poll, both Azad and party leader Mallikarjun Kharge said unless the named a candidate there was no question of cooperation or consensus.

"Since there was no name suggested from the government, there is no question of cooperation or discussion," said Azad.

"They are seeking cooperation and what I can make, they have got something in their mind, that is why they have not given any name and are seeking cooperation. But unless they give a name there can't be any question of consensus or cooperation," Kharge added.

Singh and Naidu are part of the three-member team constituted by Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah for discussion with political parties for the

The two BJP leaders are scheduled to meet General Secretary Sitaram Yechury as part of efforts to reach a consensus.

First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 14:54 IST