Accusing the BJP of unilaterally deciding its presidential candidate, the Left parties on Monday said there was no more scope for discussion with the ruling party and the issue would now be decided among opposition.
The Minister said that before Kovind's name was formally announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had personally called up Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, among others, to inform them about the Bihar Governor's candidature.
The board members will be briefed about the consultations undertaken by the party committee, comprising Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, M. Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, with allies and Opposition parties. "We had said (we support) free trade and free agriculture then (when BJP's predecessor Jana Sangh was formed) and today also we are saying free trade and free agriculture", the BJP chief said.
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Mr Shah has rejected opposition claims that the government came without names and they want cooperation, not consensus.
A total of four nomination papers to be submitted, each needs 50 nominators and 50 seconders.
The presidential election is expected to be a close affair this time as neither the ruling BJP nor the opposition parties have the numbers on their side to unilaterally elect the next president of India, the highest post in the country. In the last two Presidential elections, the Shiv Sena did not support the NDA candidate.
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Naidu has also spoken to Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav and Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal over phone and met Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra in this regard. The last date for filing of nominations is June 28.
Many leaders indicated that the July 17 election will not go unopposed in view of the "betrayal" by the BJP.
CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury reportedly suggested on Saturday that the opposition should announce its candidate by June 21. "There were hardly any principles, hence after independence it remained in politics only and only for politics", Shah said.
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The BJP is expected to contact opposition leaders once again after the name of its Presidential candidate is announced. SP members are understood to have expressed preference for a politician as President.