Sat, 16 Jun 2012 16:45:19 GMT | By PTI

JD(U) favours consensus on Mukherjee

New Delhi: Consensus in favour of Pranab Mukherjee's Presidential candidature seems to be growing within NDA with a section of the opposition alliance saying a contest at this stage will only bring embarrassment to it.

JDU favours consensus on Mukherjee

Sources in JD-U, a key ally of the BJP-led coalition, said the party would favour a consensus around Mukherjee and feels a contest should be avoided as it could be embarrassing as neither APJ Abdul Kalam has so far agreed to contest nor the NDA has the numbers.

JD-U chief Sharad Yadav, who today met Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders including Naresh Gujral, said after the meeting that NDA will take a collective decision on the matter after its meeting tomorrow.

Slamming attempts to drag Kalam's name in the Presidential race, Gujral said it amounted to "demeaning and trivialising" Kalam as he has not given his consent for the same.

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