But that did not placate the Opposition, which said that the selection betrayed the BJP's promise of coming up with some names to pick one consensus candidate from.
The three-member party committee, which includes Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, will brief the board members about the consultations undertaken by them with allies and opposition parties. "We had said (we support) free trade and free agriculture then (when BJP's predecessor Jana Sangh was formed) and today also we are saying free trade and free agriculture", the BJP chief said. "We expected consultations on names before a final decision", said Rajya Sabha Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
A total of four nomination papers to be submitted, each needs 50 nominators and 50 seconders.
Refusing to comment on NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind, Yechury said the opposition parties will decide their strategy during the June 22 meeting to be chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
"Despite having a majority, we reached out to opposition parties".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other senior party leaders are expected to deliberate on the names for the top constitutional post.
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The Presidential polls, if needed, will be held on July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued the notification in this regard and the process of the nomination has started that will continue till June 28. BJP ally Shiv Sena, though, has objected to it.
BJP president Amit Shah pointed out towards the party policy of considering the welfare of the Nation on priority basis.
On Friday, the first meeting between the government and the opposition on presidential elections remained inconclusive as no names were discussed by either side.
Last week, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi, while, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury, S Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja Naidu held a detailed discussion with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar over the phone on Saturday.
The former UP CM, however, said that a non-political Dalit choice would have been better.