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BJP to approach BJD soon for consensus over presidential candidate




 Soon after the Election Commission of India (ECI) issued a notification today for filing of nominations for the July 17 Presidential poll, the ruling NDA and the Opposition parties have intensified efforts to choose a ‘mutually acceptable’ presidential candidate. Sources said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may soon reach out to Biju Janata Dal (BJD). 

Since Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has 29 MPs and 118 MLAs, it could play a decisive role in the upcoming presidential polls. It is expected that the saffron party may soon talk to BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in an effort to win his support. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today discussed with Home Minister Rajnath Singh to reach out to different political parties in this connection.

Earlier this week, BJP president Amit Shah formed a three-member committee, consisting of Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu for consultations with the Opposition to reach a consensus on the Presidential candidate.

Lawmakers of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, and state legislators comprise the Electoral College that will vote in the July 17 election.

Meanwhile, as the Election Commission of India has formally issued notification for the Presidential Election-2017, Lok Sabha Secretary General-cum-Returning Officer Anoop Mishra today (June 14, 2017) has given public notice for the election to the highest constitutional post of our republic.

As the MLAs of Odisha Legislative Assembly are going to statutorily participate in the vital poll on July 17, room No 54 of the Legislative Assembly building in the capital city here has been earmarked for the purpose. The legislators of Odisha Legislative Assembly will cast their secret votes on the scheduled poll date from 10 am to 5 pm.

As per the Election Commission of India’s notification for Presidential Election -2017 on Wednesday (June 14), the last date for filing nominations is June 28 by 3 pm while the scrutiny of nominations will be made on June 29 at 11 am.

The last date of withdrawal of candidatures is July 1 by 3 pm while the date of poll (if necessary) has been slated on July 17 and the hours of poll has been fixed from 10 am to 5 pm. Counting of votes (if required and polled) will be on July 20.






Editorial

Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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