BJP wants a saffron politician as the President of India in 2017?

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NEW DELHI: After coming to power with an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha in 2014, the BJP is setting its eyes on creating history by installing a saffron politician as the President of India in 2017. It has begun calculations for the presidential polls as the party has its best shot at getting a person of its own choice to the top position, a top BJP source with knowledge of the matter said.

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“We have done state-wise calculations already. We find that the NDA has an edge of 22,078 votes (in presidential elections),” this person said. An advantage of 22,078 is wafer thin in presidential polls, as it amounts to just over 2% of the total value of the electoral college votes, which is 10,98,882...

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Jayalalithaa meets Modi with list of 29 demands

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday and submitted a 29-point memorandum, detailing several demands of the State. This was her first visit after her second consecutive victory in the Assembly polls. She met with her party’s 50 MPs (including those in the Rajya Sabha) before going to Mr. Modi’s Race Course Road residence.

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The Prime Minister, sources said, congratulated her on her victory, accepted her memorandum and also dispatched two Ministers, Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan, to meet her.

While differences between Tamil Nadu and the Centre on the GST Bill remain, the Centre is trying to reach out to her. The AIADMK has 13 members in the Rajya Sabha...

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Rajnath vs Mulayam: BJP’s UP Plans Feature Home Minister In Key Role

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh, one of the most prominent BJP leaders from Uttar Pradesh, is likely to play a pivotal role in the party’s campaign for assembly elections to be held in the state early next year.
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Sources said the BJP plans to project Mr Singh as the main face of the party in the UP elections, as a seasoned politician and local leader to take on regional giants like Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati.

Mr Singh is likely to be given charge of the campaign committee in UP, the sources said, adding that the chief ministerial candidate, if at all the party will project one, will be decided later...

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Rajya Sabha Elections Today, BJP Goes All Out To Better Numbers: 10 Facts

Polling underway for 57 Rajya Sabha seats in 15 states (File photo)

Voting has begun for 27 Rajya Sabha seats in seven states. In eight other states, 30 candidates have been elected unopposed to the Upper House of Parliament.

Polling underway for 57 Rajya Sabha seats in 15 states (File photo)

Here are the latest developments

  1. In an effort to increase its numbers in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority, the BJP has supported some independent candidates to try and ensure that the Congress is not able to win any extra seats. It has also fielded its own candidates in some states to grab seats from others.
  2. Six ministers are seeking to return to the Rajya Sabha in these elections. At the end of the elections for 57 seats, the BJP will increase its tally in the Upper House where it has had trouble with pushing legislation...
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