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As the Congress Party intensified efforts for a consensus candidate for the position of vice president, the CPI(M) on Thursday said it is in favur of a person who does not belong to Congress.
This was conveyed by party General Secretary Prakash Karat to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who recently contacted him to build consensus on selection of a candidate.
“We have told the prime minister that we would like to have a person who does not belong to Congress party to be the vice president,” Karat told reporters, when asked about CPI(M)’s choice for the vice president’s post.
Observing that it was for the UPA to decide who it wants to put forward, the CPI(M) veteran said the candidate should also have a “stature and a distinguished background.”
Karat, who is here for the party’s three-day state committee meeting, said it was now up to the Congress to decide, after which the CPI(M) would respond.