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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reportedly attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav have gone against their party line as they have announced support for NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

On the eve of the Presidential election, Congress president Sonia Gandhi called for a conscience vote to put "best minds" at the helm to preserve the idea of an inclusive, tolerant and pluralistic India.

Earlier as well, Naidu had gone on record, indicating his reluctance to take up the job, quipping that he wanted to remain "Usha Pati" (husband of Usha, the name of his wife) and not become Upa-Rashtrapati (Vice-President). At least three different media organisations, CNN News 18, Times Now, ABP News, have reported that Naidu's name is nearly finalised for the post.

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The party is learnt to have felt that Venkaiah was the most suitable candidate for the post as he had huge experience of handling the Rajya Sabha affairs as its member and also parliamentary affairs minister.

Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao's name is also being considered for the post. The current Vice-President is Mohammad Hamid Ansari, since 11 August 2007, and re-elected on 7 August 2012. Heptullah, a Muslim face from BJP, now serving as Manipur Goevernor, fits the bill as she has been making headlines for her pro-feminine statements in recent times. Meeting (of BJP parliamentary board) is at 6 pm.

A day before the presidential election, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi described on Sunday the contest as a fight against a "narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision".

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