Cong wants consensus candidate for President

Cong wants consensus candidate for President

The Congress would prefer to have a consensus candidate for the Presidential election scheduled later this year, while Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is pitching for a common Opposition candidate.

Congress leaders indicated they were keen to avoid a contest for the top constitutional post, particularly a repeat of 2012 Presidential election when the BJP and other Opposition parties had fielded P A Sangma against UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee.

Mukherjee assumed the office of the President on July 25, 2012, and his five-year term concludes this year. “We would prefer to have a consensus candidate,” a senior Congress leader said when asked about the Presidential elections. He contended that the way the current elections were going, the BJP may not have the numbers to have a President of its choice in Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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