The Shiv Sena has raised the pitch and said that former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee could the consensus candidate for prime minister in 2019. If the NDA fails to get a majority, then Mukherjee could be the consensus candidate, an editorial in the Shiv Sena's mouthpiece, Saamna said.
The BJP has already announced that it will contest the next Lok Sabha polls under Modi's leadership. And no other political party, from the NDA or from the non-NDA groupings, has publicly said anything in this regard.
The comments come three days after BJP president, Amit Shah met with Shiv Sena chief Udhav Thackeray.
Mukherjee was in the news after he delivered he valedictory address at an RSS event in Nagpur a few days back.
Although Shah tried to pacify the Shiv Sena, the party remains adamant that it would fight the 2019 battle alone.