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Divide in NDA over presidential candidate

With key partner Shiv Sena appearing to be favourably inclined towards the UPA candidate Pratibha Patil, a split appears likely in the opposition NDA.

delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2007 20:41 IST

With key partner, Shiv Sena, appearing to be favourably inclined towards the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) presidential candidate Pratibha Patil, a split appears likely in the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Though Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat seems set to be supported by the NDA, the Shiv Sena made a statement late on Friday evening virtually supporting Rajasthan Governor Pratibha Patil.

"There is no question of leaving the NDA. The politics of Maharasthra is different. We have always maintained that a Marathi should occupy the top position. So, if a Marathi is getting the chance, we must not oppose it," Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut said.

Another key partner of NDA, Janata Dal-United is yet to decide on the presidential poll with its president Sharad Yadav saying "we will have our say in the NDA meeting. We will all take a joint decision."

The presidential election is scheduled for July 19.