New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance is all set to engage in a slugfest with the United Progressive Alliance in the Presidential elections if the consensus is not reached over fielding a common candidate for the President.

Bharatiya Janata Party veteran and Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely on Tuesday met AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha to discuss the strategy for polls.    

The meeting between both leaders has fuelled speculations about possible alliance between both parties over the Presidential elections scheduled in July 2012 and 2014 general elections.

This time, UPA may find it hard to ensure win for its candidate in Presidential and Vice-Presidential polls, as it doesn’t have required support of MPs and MLAs. The UPA has 30 percent votes whereas; BJP led-NDA has 28 percent. As both the coalitions have short of numbers required to win the elections, non-UPA and non-NDA parties have crucial role to play.

After the Presidential polls, Vice-President too will be elected. If government doesn’t establish consensus with the opposition on the choice of next Vice-President, election will become a necessity. Hence government may bargain with the Opposition on the matter.

According to the sources, the BJP is chalking out strategy for mission 2014 by expanding NDA. The meeting between Jaitley and Jayalalitha in Chennai has been seen as BJP’s first step to add more allies into NDA fold.

As per the sources, in 45 minutes long discussion, both leaders discussed about various issues, including NCTC, nation’s federal structure and Presidential election.

The BJP is putting in all the efforts to bring regional parties into NDA’s fold. The saffron party is not only trying to woo the parties but also wanting to make sure to keep Congress at bay from the regional forces.