New Delhi, June 21: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday announced the name of former Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu as its presidential candidate.
BJP leader JP Nadda announced Murmu’s name during a press conference at the party headquarters here. The decision was taken by the BJP’s parliamentary council, the party’s main decision-making body.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, Nadda and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan attended the meeting.
Announcing Murmu’s name, Nadda said the BJP is trying to build consensus among all parties.
“After the opposition parties announced their candidate, the BJP, after talking to all NDA allies, decided to present Murmu as their presidential candidate. Detailed discussions were held over 20 names and a consensus was built that someone from the East and from the tribal community should be appointed as President of India. After discussions, the parliamentary council decided to nominate Draupadi Murmu as the presidential candidate,” Nadda said.
Earlier on Tuesday, opposition parties announced former Union minister Yashwant Sinha as their consensus candidate for president.
“We (the opposition parties) have decided unanimously that Yashwant Sinha will be our joint presidential candidate,” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told the media shortly after the opposition parties meeting held at the parliament annex.
June 29 is the deadline for submitting nominations for the presidential ballot, while voting will take place on July 18. The counting of votes will take place on July 21.