Friday, 15 June 2012

Pranab Mukherjee as UPA nominee for President

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will be the UPA's presidential candidate, said alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Friday in Delhi. Sonia made the announcement after a meeting of UPA leaders at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence. The announcement is a rebuttal to Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, who wanted APJ Abdul Kalam as president.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi made the announcement saying Mukherjee had to his credit a "long and distinguished record of public service for five decades".
She said he enjoyed broad support for holding the country's top post.
The UPA also appealed to all political parties, MPs and members of state assemblies to extend support for the candidature of Mukherjee.
The UPA will need the support of Samajwadi Party and the BSP to elect Mukherjee as president. The BJP-led NDA is expected to announce its presidential candidate.

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