Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and others on Saturday evening arrived at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in Delhi for the party's parliamentary board meeting to pick the party's candidate for the post of Vice President of the country.
This will reportedly be followed by another meeting of all BJP MPs ahead of the presidential election on July 18, in which the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance candidate Droupadi Murmu has a clear advantage over the Opposition's Yashwant Sinha.
After the BJP threw in its hat with Murmu, set to be India's first tribal President, political watchers are keen to see if the party will now opt for a more seasoned face from its ranks for the vice presidential candidate.
In 2017, the party had named the then Cabinet minister M Venkaiah Naidu, a former BJP president and veteran parliamentarian, as its vice presidential candidate, after surprising everyone by picking the then Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, for the presidential contest.
Both Kovind and Naidu had won the polls comfortably to occupy the two highest constitutional posts of the country.
The BJP is again in a strong position to ensure the win of its candidates.
The electoral college for picking the next vice president, who is also the Rajya Sabha chairperson, comprises members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
Out of Parliament's current strength of 780, the BJP alone has 394 MPs, more than the majority mark of 390.
The term of Naidu, the present incumbent, ends on August 10.
The last date for filing of nomination papers for the poll is July 19 and the election is scheduled for August 6.
(With ANI inputs)