Mamata meets Sonia: Courtsey call or prez polls?

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Thursday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and is believed to have discussed the coming Presidential election.

Updated: May 03, 2012, 18:24 PM IST

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and is believed to have discussed the coming Presidential election.

Emerging from the meeting at Gandhi`s residence, the Trinamool Congress declined to divulge the details of their discussion.

"It was a courtesy call. I have come to enquire about her (Gandhi`s) health," she told reporters.

Asked if Trinamool Congress would support Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee or Vice President Hamid Ansari if Congress nominates them, Banerjee joked "I am the candidate".

Choudhury said it was unfortunate that her "genuine
admiration" for a senior leader of the party has been distorted.

She said she had categorically said she was personally a "great fan" of Mukherjee and wished him that he grows from strength to strength.

"That does not mean we are ruling out Pranab Mukherjee for Presidential election," she said, adding it is unfair to quote her remarks out of context.

"It (Presidential candidate) is not a decision that can be taken at my level," she said, clarifiying her remarks.

PTI