Countdown to Mamata`s dramatic announcement
Here`s the rundown to Wednesday`s dramatic announcement on the presidential poll
New Delhi: Here`s the rundown to Wednesday`s dramatic announcement on the presidential poll:
June 12, Tuesday
4.30 p.m.: Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives in the national capital, a day ahead of her meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the July 19 presidential polls.
5 p.m.: After landing in Delhi, she heads straight to the residence of another key United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ally Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Aims to create a pressure group within the Congress-led UPA.
6.30 p.m.: Banerjee says she will again meet Yadav after meeting Gandhi Wednesday to finalise strategy.
June 13, Wednesday
4.30 p.m.: Banerjee meets Gandhi.
5.30 p.m.: Announces that the Congress prefers Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President M. Hamid Ansari for the high office.
6 p.m.: Banerjee meets Yadav.
6.55 p.m.: She announces names of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former president A P J Abdul Kalam and former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee as potential candidates for the presidential polls.
In a way, rules out candidature of Mukherjee, the most-preferred Congress candidate.