"Constitution does not ordain or mandate that the President of
India manage the economy of the country. Therefore, the suggestion
for the debate is non sequitur (a statement that does not logically
follow the previous statement) and non-starter," Party spokesperson
Manish Tewari told reporters
He was responding to questions on Sangma's remarks about the Indian economy being in "bad" shape and his demand for a debate with Mukherjee. Tewari also rejected BJP's allegation that a consensus could not be built on the issue of Presidential election because the ruling alliance did not talk to the opposition before finalising its candidate.
Terming such arguments as "hairsplitting", Tewari said BJP should have demonstrated "magnanimity" like some of the NDA allies did and "one should go by substance and not form".
"If somebody decides to have a contest for the sake of a contest, it will find such excuses. And that is precisely what BJP is doing," he said.
Tewari also reminded that when NDA had decided on the name of APJ Abdul Kalam as a presidential candidate in 2002, UPA had supported its candidate without any rancour. He reiterated the party's appeal to all political parties' support to Mukherjee's candidature and hoped the parties, which are still opposing him, will revisit their stand given the political landscape in the country.