Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said he favoured consensus for the July presidential poll and asked the UPA government at the Centre to declare its candidate at the earliest so that consultations could be held on a consensus candidate.

"It will be appropriate if the next president of the country is elected by consensus ....I am a votary of consensus on the issue", he told reporters on the sidelines of his Janata Darbar.

Kumar, also senior JD(U) leader, asked the UPA to declare its candidate as speculation was growing about Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee being a front runner for the top post and the date for polling was approaching.

"The consultations on consensus candidate for the next president can be held only after the Congress-led ruling UPA decides its person for the post", he added.


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