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May 2, 2012

Sushma Snubbed: Political parties castigate BJP leader over her remark questioning Vice-President Hamid Ansari's stature

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj was snubbed by political parties including NDA constituent JD(U) over her controversial remark on Vice-President.

The leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha had questioned the stature of  Mohammad Hamid Ansari, who is being seen as the most likely candidate for the post of President.

JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar said that he didn't share Swaraj's view. "It is her party's opinion but not ours", said Nitish, who even phoned Ansari and expressed his solidarity with him.

The JD(U) has sharply reacted to the statement as it said that there was no meeting of NDA constituents. The RJD, NCP, CPM, CPI, Samajwadi Party (SP), DMK and several other parties are also backing Hamid Ansari.

The BJP, meanwhile, clarified that it was Sushma Swaraj's statement, not the NDA viewpoint. The Communist Parties, Samajwadi Party and several other political formations seem to be in favour of Ansari's candidature as President.

SP has said that it favours a Muslim president. Similarly, DMK has openly said that it is ready to support either former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who hails from Tamil Nadu, or Ansari, who are both such figures that can't be opposed.

The DMK has also said that it would go for a candidate's winnability. Congress earlier mulled over Pranab Mukherjee. The names of Karan Singh, SY Quraishi have also been doing rounds as dark horses in the race for the next president after Pratibha Patil demits office.

TIH Bureau

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