Congress not afraid of presidential contest

New Delhi: The Congress Wednesday said it did not fear a presidential contest and that BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s remark that Vice President Hamid Ansari lacked the stature for the top job was unfortunate.

“It (Sushma’s remark) is unfortunate… it is nice to have a consensus but we are not afraid of a contest,” said Renuka Chowdhary, Congress spokesperson.

“We will talk to all the parties to evolve a consensus,” said Chowdhary.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has said it would not support a Congress candidate as India’s next president and wanted the government to support former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for a second term at the office.

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