Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu held discussions with Congress president Sonia Gandhi's on a candidate for the next President of India. During the meeting both sides did not give out any names. The BJP leaders asked Sonia if the Congress had anyone in mind.
However Mallikarjuna Kharge who was part of the meeting said that no names were discussed.
There is no chance of a consensus candidate, he also said. We will hold another meeting where a decision on the candidate to be fielded by the joint opposition will taken he also said.
The two BJP leaders also met with CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury and held discussions on the same subject.
The BJP on the other hand wants its candidate as the President. The chances of picking a non-BJP man is very bleak. It is for the first time that the BJP has an opportunity get its own man or woman elected as the President of India and the party would not want to lose that by fielding a consensus candidate.