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BJP to pick VP candidate today

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The parliamentary board will meet here in the evening to pick the ruling NDA's vice presidential candiadate.

The meeting is expected after the voting for the presidential poll ends.

There is speculation that the saffron party may pick a candidate from a region where it has been traditionally weak so as to send out a positive message.

Its chief has identified states like Kerala, and as the new growth region for the party.

As was the case with its presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit seen as a surprise pick, the party might go for a face that will help it politically.

Names of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and are being mentioned as probables.

An alliance of 18 opposition parties, including the Congress, has already announced Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its candidate for vice presidential poll scheduled for August 5.

July 18 is the last date for filing of nominations.

The electoral college for the election consists of 790 MPs of the two chambers of Parliament.

The ruling bloc enjoys an overwhelming majority in the electoral college and has expressed confidence about garnering anywhere between 500 and 550 votes.

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

First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 13:42 IST