Meeting on presidential elections remains inconclusive

The first meeting between the government and the opposition on presidential elections remained inconclusive on Friday as no name was discussed by the either side. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury separately over the issue as part of BJP’s outreach to evolve a consensus on the presidential nominee.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, the government has not come forward with any name and has asked if the opposition has any name for the top post.

Mr. Yechury also told media that the BJP leaders have not proposed any name. He said, the presidential nominee should have impeccable secular credentials.

In the evening, Mr Naidu met Samajwadi party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra.

The meeting comes barely two days after a sub group of opposition leaders met in Parliament House to discuss the opposition strategy. The meeting had decided to wait for the government proposal on the matter before taking a further view.

AIR correspondent reports that the two leaders also had meetings with BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi at their residences in New Delhi.

They also held discussions with AIADMK leader M Thambidurai and CPI leaders S Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja over Presidential elections.