Amarinder Singh to be NDA's pick for Vice President candidate
New Delhi, July 6: Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is in the race to become the next Vice President of India.
According to reports, NDA is likely to name the former Punjab Chief Minister as its candidate for the Vice President's post.
The Nominations for the vice-presidential polls slated to be held on August 6, began on Tuesday.
The Election Commission made an announcement of the elections for the 16th vice president of India to take place on August 6, 2022.
There were also reports that Singh is likely to join the BJP soon. 80-year-old former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is currently in London to undergo back surgery.
Earlier there wwere also eports that Amarinder Singh is likely to merge his party Punjab Lok Congress with the BJP after his return from London, where he is recovering after a spinal surgery.
Though there is no word from the party, senior Punjab BJP leader Harjit Singh Grewal on Saturday claimed that a decision in this connection had been made.
Before departing for London, Singh had conveyed his intention to merge his party with the BJP, Grewal said, adding that the former chief minister would announce the merger on his return.
Singh, the scion of the erstwhile Patiala royal family and a two-time chief minister, had floated the PLC after he quit the Congress following his unceremonious exit as chief minister last year.
The PLC contested the 2022 state assembly polls in alliance with the BJP and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa-led Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt).
However, none of the PLC candidates could register a win, with Amarinder himself losing from the Patiala Urban seat.