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Prez poll: Left parties may support Gandhi's candidature

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

The Left parties are mulling to propose the candidature of former Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the post of President, said sources in the and

"We are thinking of proposing the name of Gopalkrishna Gandhi. He does not have an affiliation to any political party," sources in the Left parties told PTI.

They added that the parties would also have no objection if JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav was picked as a candidate.

"If Sharad Yadav's name comes up, we will have no objection. He is a senior opposition leader...A man of integrity and honesty," a Left leader said on the condition of anonymity.

The process of filing nominations for the July 17 presidential poll began today with the Commission issuing a notification in this regard. It will continue till June 28.

The ruling (NDA) and a group of opposition leaders have intensified the efforts to zero in on a "mutually acceptable" presidential candidate.

chief has formed a three-member committee, comprising Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu, which will hold consultations with the constituents and the opposition on the issue.

The term of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24.

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 19:32 IST