Saffron Party To Play A Masterstroke In Presidential Elections?

The Bharatiya Janata Party, like always, is expected to surprise everyone with its candidate for the presidential elections. Though no name has been declared yet, there is a buzz that the Saffron party may plan to field a ‘muslim’ candidate this time. As per the media reports and buzz, Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan and senior BJP leader & union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s name is in the race. 

Though, everytime the BJP gives surprises. During the last presidential elections too, former deputy PM Lal Krishna Advani’s name was in the race in the entire media, but surprisingly, Shri Ramnath Kovind was declared as the presidential candidate of the NDA. This time too, a few names are being highlighted in the media, but the BJP’s decision is expected to be surprising as always. 

Though, union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Kerala’s governor Arif Mohammad Khan’s name came into the picture due to the recent controversy over Nupur Sharma’s remarks on Prophet Muhammad. The opposition parties have been continuously saying that Nupur’s statements have dented India’s image in the Gulf countries. 

Senior AAP leader Adv Somnath Bharti tweeted:

Learnt from a credible source that Janab Arif Mohammad Khan, present Governor of Kerala, is a strong contender for president of India. It’s believable in view of steps. @narendramodi Ji is taking to counter anti-India narrative, getting built across the world because of fringies.

Though the BJP, officially, has said nothing on the matter, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Arif Mohammad Khan’s names have been circulating around the media for the last 2 days. Even though the BJP is termed as “anti-muslim” by the political opponents, former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam became the President in 2002, elected by the BJP-led NDA govt under the PMship of the then PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However, amidst several speculations, the political strategists still believe that the Saffron party will give a surprise like always.

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