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Oppn parties to meet on June 22 to decide on consensus Prez

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Opposition parties will meet on June 22 to decide on fielding a consensus candidate for the presidential election, with the declaring Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its nominee for the post, leader Naresh Agarwal today said.

"The parties will meet and decide whether or not to field a consensus opposition candidate for the July 17 presidential election," he said.

national secretary D Raja said Union ministers and M Venkaiah Naidu, who were part of the BJP's three-member panel formed to hold discussions and build a consensus on a presidential candidate, had not propose any name.

"Now, they have named a person with background. We are against it, but we will have to discuss the issue within the and with other opposition parties. A meeting will be held soon to discuss the same," he said.

Raja said Naidu spoke to him over the phone after chief announced Kovind's name and sought the CPI's support for his candidature.

general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad said the non-parties will discuss the issue before taking any step.

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 16:42 IST