NDA admits Patil will not withdraw
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NDA admits Patil will not withdraw

'I am not expecting her to withdraw .... I don't think she will withdraw', says NDA spokesperson Sushma Swaraj.

india Updated: Jun 28, 2007 20:16 IST

The NDA, whose constituent BJP has mounted a scathing attack on UPA-Left presidential candidate Pratibha Patil, on Thursday admitted it does not think she would pull out of the race.

"I am not expecting her to withdraw .... I don't think she will withdraw," NDA spokesperson Sushma Swaraj told a news conference in New Delhi.

Her comments came shortly after the BJP accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of being unable to respond to what it called uncomfortable questions over Patil following allegations against her as head of a cooperative bank.

Swaraj, who claimed that she would make no personal allegations against Patil in her campaign for Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, however, defended senior BJP leader LK Advani's call for a conscience vote in favour of the vice-president as he referred to the "grave" charges the UPA-Left nominee was faced with.

She flayed Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi for his comments that the Election Commission should take note of Advani's call, saying the former deputy prime minister's appeal was no different from the one issued by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in favour of Zakir Hussain.

"Either Dasmunsi suffers from memory loss or he has no sense of history," Swaraj remarked, as she circulated copies of Gandhi's appeal for then presidential candidate Hussain.

She said the NDA on its part would file a complaint with the Election Commission on Friday against the Congress, whom she accused of using undue influence on voters in the presidential elections.NDA admits Patil will not withdraw.

First Published: Jun 28, 2007 19:18 IST