Key United Progressive Alliance [ Images ] ally Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam [ Images ] on Tuesday rejected the contention that the choice of candidate for the vice-Presidential poll was based on regional consideration.
"For the post of President and vice-President, persons are not picked according to the four directions. We have made the recommendations based on the (prevailing) situation and atmosphere (for the presidential candidate)," DMK chief M Karunanidhi told reporters.
He was answering a query if his party would seek nomination of a candidate from south India [ Images ] after Congress propped up Vice-President Hamid Ansari's name for a second term.
Maintaining that the choice of candidates for such high posts should not be guided by regional factors, Karunanidhi said same yardstick would be applied for the vice-President's post also.
Ansari's name figured high in consultations that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [ Images ] had in the last few days with Janata Dal-Secular chief H D Deve Gowda [ Images ] and Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat [ Images ] on the issue.
A section in Congress feels that Ansari's second term will send a good signal to minorities.
DMK is one of the first UPA constituents to back the candidature of the front's nominee Pranab Mukherjee [ Images ] with Karunanidhi himself proposing the former finance minister's name.
He had, however, remained evasive on the issue of vice-President's post, saying it was not his job.