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Shah has done me a favour by including me in BJP team on prez

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who was being seen as a contender for the presidentship, today said chief had ended the speculation by nominating him to a committee he had constituted for talks with alliance partners and opposition on the issue.

"My president (Amit Shah) has done (me) a favour yesterday by including me in the committee, so that speculation (comes to an end)," Naidu said with his tongue firmly in cheek.

Naidu was yesterday made a part of the three-member panel, which also included Minister and Home Minister

They have been tasked with holding talks to evolve a consensus with other political parties, which are likely to field their own presidential candidate.

The 67-year-old former president was seen as a top contender for the president's post.

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First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 19:58 IST