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Presidential election: Govt has not given any name, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

LiveMint logoLiveMint 16-06-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Friday that the Narendra Modi government has not come forward with any name for the Presidential election.

Earlier today, Union ministers Rajnath Singh and M. Venkaiah Naidu met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the Presidential election as part of the ruling BJP’s outreach to stitch a consensus on the official nominee.

Singh and Naidu arrived at Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence to help evolve a consensus. The meeting lasted for 30 minutes. However, it was not immediately known as to what transpired at the meeting.

Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge were also present in the meeting, seen as the first major BJP outreach with the opposition on the significant matter.

The meeting comes barely two days after a sub group of opposition leaders constituted by Gandhi met in Azad’s Parliament chamber to discuss the opposition strategy.

The meeting had decided to wait for the government proposal on the matter before taking a further view.

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