The race for Raisina Hill kicked off with the ruling BJP reaching out to Opposition parties to discuss the possibility of putting up a consensus candidate for the top post. Opposition parties also held a meeting at the Parliament House to discuss presidential polls Wednesday afternoon. The BJD and AAP were not part of the Opposition meet.
The BJP team, which includes Union ministers, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley, will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday to work out the possibilities of coming up with a consensus candidate for the crucial presidential poll. Venkaiah Naidu is also expected to meet the CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury separately on the same day.
Jaitley would be speaking with Bihar CM and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar while Union home minister Rajnath Singh will hold talks with the Trinamul chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee separately. BJP president Amit Shah had formed the three-member committee on Monday to explore the possibility of a consensus presidential candidate.