Presidential poll: Mamata to meet Sonia today.

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mamta-soniaJune 13, New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi, who has been authorized by the Congress Working Committee to pick the party’s candidate, is expected to announce the name today. She will meet her toughest ally Mamata Banerjee this evening.  Ms Banerjee has already held talks with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav last night and, in a signal that they are aligned on the issue, said she expected to meet him again.

Ms Banerjee, who arrived in Delhi yesterday, has reportedly conveyed to the Congress that she will support Mr Mukherjee for President, but not before the Congress declares he is the official candidate for the UPA.

On being told that the name of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s was doing the rounds as the Presidential nominee, she replied “That is a Congress matter. Let me see what she (Sonia Gandhi) says”.

Mr Yadav, whom she met last night, has also said he will speak once the Congress reveals it’s candidate’s name. Mulayam Singh Yadav, who supports the UPA from outside, has six per cent vital votes in the electoral college that elects the President. Ms Banerjee is no push-over either with her 4.7 per cent votes.

Mulayam singh is clear that his party prefers a politician to be President rather than a former bureaucrat. That could read Pranab Mukherjee. Other UPA allies like the DMK, Sharad Pawar’s NCP and Ajit Singh have already backed Mr Mukherjee’s candidacy.

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