NDA meet to decide on Prez choice deferred
A meeting of NDA constituents, scheduled for today, was deferred as per sources.
New Delhi: A meeting of NDA constituents, scheduled for today, was deferred as per sources.
Key NDA constituent BJP appears to be in a fix amid contrasting stands among its allies on the Presidential election.
Shiv Sena has already publicly said it would support Pranab Mukherjee, the UPA’s Presidential candidate.
Another major ally, JD (U) is also not in favour of putting up a candidate against Mukherjee.
Both the parties argue that there is no strong purpose served by contesting against Mukherjee, a tall leader with vast experience in government and Parliament, and more so when the UPA has a clear edge in the electoral college.
The BJP, which is yet to decide on a presidential candidate, in not in favour of walking out to Mukherjee in Presidential race, as the party does not want to be seen as supporting a Congress candidate, even if a loss is imminent.
In core committee of BJP held on Monday, it was decided that the party will contest the Presidential poll.
"That is the general sense that we must have a candidate against Mukherjee, even if it is only symbolic. Otherwise, we will appear as a weak opposition," a BJP leader said.