In order to discuss the presidential poll strategy, the Opposition leaders met on Wednesday. The process for filling the nominations for the July 2017 election has been started.
All 10 members of the opposition sub-group formed for this purpose met in the chambers of the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, sources said.
This is the first meeting of the sub-group since its formation a few days ago. The sources said the leaders would discuss probable names for the post, but would await a government initiative in this regard.
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A three-member government panel comprising three senior ministers—Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu—is slated to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday.
A united opposition, after several rounds of parleys between leaders of various parties, is hoping to zero in on a “mutually acceptable” presidential candidate with the ruling dispensation.
If that does not happen, it is expected to put up a united candidate against the official NDA nominee.