The Congress President was also assisted by two senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, sources said. But nothing of that happened.
Though neither the BJP-led NDA, nor the Congress-led opposition has revealed who they are going to pick as their presidential candidate, but there are already certain names doing rounds in the political circle.
Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu met Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday, to decide on the possibility of a consensual presidential candidate, reports said. It was not clear whether Jaitley, who is now in South Korea, will be back in the capital in time for the meeting.
The effort, however, remained inconclusive as the opposition parties want the government to propose a list of names.
The BJP and Congress had said that they would like to have a consensus candidate, but both the sides have their own terms and conditions. He said there is no question of consensus as there are no names to discuss.
They also held discussions with AIADMK leader M Thambidurai and CPI leaders S Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja over Presidential elections. "There are just two people who take all the decisions and we are quite sure the names which have been floated from their end till now are only covers", said another Congress spokesperson.
Asked if SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav gave an assurance to the BJP about supporting NDA's candidate, he said: "We will support a consensus candidate, otherwise we'll oppose the NDA". Nevertheless, the party had undertaken an exercise to know the mind of the opposition leaders, he said. "So, there is nothing to think about when they did not suggest any name". The BJP chief Amit Shah has also told reporters in Mumbai that the party would soon consult the allies before deciding the Presidential candidate.
AIADMK (Amma) leader M Thambidurai, who called on Union information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday, has pledged support for the NDA candidate, sources in the AIADMK and the BJP confirmed. June 22, they say is the most appropriate date to make that big announcement. The Congress's argument was how could there be a consensus without a name being taken on the discussion table. The Opposition has time and again reiterated it would supporting an NDA nominee based on his or her secular credentials, which is ironic considering the BJP has no such compulsions with the kind of support it has. While Paswan said that his party will support the decision made by PM Modi, the Samajwadi Party reportedly favoured a politician as the new President.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former diplomat, retired IAS Officer and former West Bengal governor, could be the potential opposition candidate.
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