BJP meeting opposition on presidential poll ‘more like PR exercise’, says Sitaram Yechury

“They (BJP leaders) did not propose any name,” Yechury said, reiterating his party’s stand that a candidate with “impeccable secular credentials” should be the next president.
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India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 16 Jun 2017, 11:49 PM IST

Reacting to the meeting between Union ministers Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu with Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi today, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that that the BJP reaching out to opposition parties on the presidential election was “more like a PR exercise”.

“They (BJP leaders) did not propose any name,” Yechury said, reiterating his party’s stand that a candidate with “impeccable secular credentials” should be the next president. Singh and Naidu, who are part of a BJP panel to work out a consensus on the presidential nominee, met Yechury as part of its efforts to reach out to the opposition.

They also met Congress president Sonia Gandhi earlier on Friday. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is the other member of the BJP panel formed by party chief Amit Shah a few days ago. Stepping out from the nearly 30-minute meeting, Yechury told mediapersons that the BJP panel would meet them again.

Asked about the government’s efforts to develop a consensus on the presidential candidate, he said there has to be some name (proposed) to arrive at a consensus.

(With PTI inputs)

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