"Whatever Sushma Swaraj has said is the opinion of the BJP. This is not our party's view. The issue was not discussed in any NDA meeting. BJP has not discussed the issue with us," JD-U President Sharad Yadav told reporters here.
He also said that the country is in a bad shape and "everybody needs to be on the side of caution on this issue". He was reacting to Swaraj's statement yesterday that BJP will not support the candidature of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari or any candidate put up by the Congress for the Presidential election.
Asked whether JD(U) agrees with the stand of Swaraj, Yadav merely said, "Ours is a different party and their's is another. Neither have we discussed this issue with the BJP nor have they done it with us so far."
Yadav, who is also the NDA convener, also referred to the statement of SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal to hammer home his point that the issue has not been decided by NDA as yet. Badal said that there has been "no formal meeting" of the alliance so far and hence he cannot comment that who will be NDA's Presidential candidate.
However, BJP spokesperson Rajeev Pratap Rudy said that Sushma Swaraj's view was that of the party view.
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had said on Monday that her party was not going to support any Congress candidate including Pranab Mukherjee and Hamid Ansari.
The presidential election will be held in July 2012. The President will be chosen, for a five years term, by an electoral college consisting of the elected members of both houses of Parliament, the elected members of the state legislative assemblies and the elected members of the legislative assemblies of the Union Territories of Delhi and Puducherry.
(Inputs from PTI)