New Delhi: Batting for Pranab Mukherjee as President, BJP leader Maneka Gandhi Monday met him and later described him as an "excellent candidate" for the post and made a strong pitch for a consensus on him.
"Pranab Mukherjee is an excellent candidate," Gandhi, a former Union Minister, told reporters after a meeting with the Finance Minister and UPA`s nominee for the July 19 Presidential elections.
She said the election of the President should be by consensus.
BJP is yet to decide its stand on Mukherjee`s candidature and an influential section in the party favours a contest in the Presidential elections.
Last week, Gandhi had said the country needed a President like Mukherjee.
"He is a seasoned politician....I know him for the past 30 years. We need such a president, who will work," she had said about Mukherjee at Badaun.