Free Press Journal

BJP delays selection of V-P candidate


New Delhi : The Bhartiya Janata Party’s central parliamentary board did not meet on Saturday to finalise its candidate for the August 5 Vice-Presidential election and so it may make its choice only after the Presidential poll on Monday.

BJP President Amit Shah, who was camping in the capital for the last four days, flew to Ahmedabad Saturday evening, putting an end to holding the parliamentary board meeting.

Party sources said the meeting may be held on Sunday to finalise the candidate since the nominations close on Tuesday and very little time is left for the decision.

The Congress-led Opposition has already declared Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, a former West Bengal governor, as its joint candidate. He has also not yet filed his nomination.

So far 20 candidates have filed their nominations for the vice-presidential election, with two more – Hari Om from Magorra village in Mathura district and Agni Sriramachandran from Pennagaram in Tamil Nadu – submitting their papers on Saturday.

Four others who filed nominations on Friday were Pareshbhai Nanubhai Mulani of Ahmedabad, Sheeshu Pal of Panipat, and Harish Chand and Daya Shankar Agrawal of Delhi. Agrawal had filed his papers also on July 6, but without the security deposit.

All 20 candidates in the race are to be knocked out in the scrutiny on Wednesday as none has the requisite 20 MPs as proposers and another 20 MPs as seconders. Six of them have been already rejected for not filing a certified copy of their name in the electoral rolls.

The polling is slated on August 5 from 10 AM to 5 PM and the counting will be held immediately thereafter to declare the result.