New Delhi: As speculation about candidates for Presidential poll intensified after Election Commission announcing July 19 as the poll date, NDA convenor Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said the Opposition alliance has not zeroed on names for the posts of President and Vice President so far.

"People meet each other. We have not decided for any name in any meeting of NDA. Only Jaswant Singh can tell whom did he meet and why did he meet. It is normal. We keep meeting," he said when asked whether NDA could propose Singh's name for Vice President's post.

Singh had on Tuesday met Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav triggering speculation within the BJP that its leader could be lobbying for the Vice President's office.

Yadav, who is the chief of key NDA ally JD-U, also dismissed speculation that his party has indicated its preference amid reports in a section of media that JD-U's first preference is Vice President Hamid Ansari.

"NDA has decided that when a proposal comes from the UPA particularly from Sonia Gandhi, we will sit and take stock of it. Let the name first come from UPA. Only then, we will decide," Yadav said.

He also parried a question on whether JD-U will support the candidature of Pranab Mukherjee, widely speculated to be the UPA's choice for the President's post.

"Has the name of Pranab Mukherjee come from them as yet? Has Sonia Gandhi made any such proposal? Why this kite flying. Let the proposal come first, we will think then," Yadav said.

He also parried a suggestion that Trinamool Congress could prefer former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee for the top constitutional office.

"It's not that any one party will be able to decide it... I do not know what her party leader in Bengal said but Mamata Banerjee is meeting Sonia Gandhi here. Let the proposals come from them," he said.

Nitish accuses UPA of indulging in 'give and take'

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday charged the Congress-led UPA with indulging in 'give and take' with its allies saying it was evident in the delay over announcement of its Presidential candidate.

"As such, the Congress-led UPA government has been a government of give and take with its allies to stay in power", Kumar told newsmen here.

Kumar was responding to a query on whether the UPA was delaying announcement of its Presidential candidate in a bid to secure the support of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who has been bargaining for a financial package to the cash-strapped state.

The UPA, he said, should first announce its Presidential candidate and then seek consultations with other parties for a consensus.

It would not be appropriate for him or others to air views on Presidential polls till clarity emerged on the name of the candidate, Kumar said.


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