Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has denied that he has been speculating about the possibility of President Pranab Mukherjee being roped in by secular parties to become a compromise candidate for prime ministership in the event of a hung Parliament.
Chavan told dna on Sunday night that "I heard that CPM leader Sitaram Yechury has been talking about this possibility. But I have not said anything in this regard. A wrong statement is being attributed to me."
CPM general Secretary Prakash Karat told dna: "The Congress will be badly smashed in this election. So where is the question of it coming up with a compromise candidate? Obviously, there is no way in which we will be a party to any deal involving the Congress."
The speculation gained ground in the context of Congress leader A.K. Antony stating in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday that after the polls several secular parties, now inimical to the Congress, will be forced to join hands with it with a view to keep the BJP away from power.