SP view on presidential poll on candidates’ merit: Mulayam

June 11th, 2012 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Pranab Mukherjee New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Monday said his party will decide its stance on the presidential polls after the Congress officially declares its candidate.

Speaking to media persons after the party’s parliamentary board meeting here, Mulayam Singh said the Samajwadi Party will decide on its stance on the merits of the candidates.

On the prospect of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee emerging as the Congress’s possible presidential candidate, Mulayam Singh said the party has not declared its candidate so far.

He said he cannot comment till candidates were announced by political parties.

“I do not know whom Congress has made its candidate. It has not been reported by newspapers that an announcement has been made. When a candidate is declared, we will decide,” he said.

The Samajwadi Party supremo also said no party had contacted him for the presidential poll.

“We have not decided. Closer to the (presidential) poll, we will call a meeting of parliamentary board to decide,” he said.

He repeated his demand that the presidential nominee should be a “political” person and not a bureaucrat.

Asked if the SP will propose a name in the presidential contest as it had proposed name of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 2002, Mulayam Singh said there was “difference in the situation” now.

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