Presidential election: Will respect Congress’s decision, says Mamata Banerjee

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pranb_mamtaJune 11, New Delhi: Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has conveyed that she isn’t opposed to any candidate and it’s up to the Congress to decide. Banerjee, who has not specified any candidate for the post so far, has indicated her support reportedly after the Congress party unit in West Bengal appealed to the Trinamool Congress to support Mukherjee’s candidature.

However, the Congress itself has still to decide whom to nominate. The Congress Working Committee had recently voted to let party president Sonia Gandhi choose the party’s candidature for the post.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra is in Delhi and will be at the Union Finance Ministry on Monday to hold talks on a financial package for the state. The outcome of the talks, however, could seal Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s Presidential poll chances.

The Finance Minister says rules don’t allow him to provide special treatment to any state; also the current economic situation has left little cash to spare.

However, the TMC chief has refused to accept the Centre’s view, pressurising it to clear the financial package if it aims to seek support for Mukherjee’s candidature.

The Congress, meanwhile, urged Mamata yesterday to support Mukherjee for Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Congress leader and minister in West Bengal Manas Bhuniya said, “I would like to appeal to the top leader of the Trinamool Congress that she support Pranab babu if he is made the candidate for the President post by our party High Command.”

Also yesterday, UPA’s key ally NCP said it would back the ruling alliance’s Presidential nominee even as a senior Union Minister said the Congress leadership will build “maximum” consensus among the coalition partners.

There is speculation that the Congress leadership has discussed Mukherjee’s name with its allies such as DMK, RLD and NCP and that he appeared to be having the support of all of them.

Meanwhile, the Opposition has also not yet arrived at a consensus on a candidate for the President’s post. Last week, former Lok Sabha Speaker and NCP leader PA Sangma met BJP leader LK Advani to seek the party’s support for his candidature.

Sangma’s candidature has been endorsed by BJD chief Naveen Patnaik and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa. However, the BJP has said that it will arrive at a consensus after consulting all its allies.

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