Pranab rings up Buddhadeb - new alliance?

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, whose name has been reported to be Congress` first choice as candidate, Thursday telephoned former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Kolkata: Amidst the flurry of political activities in Delhi over selection of the Presidential nominee, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, whose name has been reported to be Congress` first choice as candidate, Thursday telephoned former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

"Pranab Mukherjee telephoned Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee this morning from Delhi", CPI(M) sources told a news agency.

It was, however, not known what transpired between Mukherjee and Bhattacharjee, a senior member of CPI(M) politburo.

The sources said, the issue of the Presidential election might have figured given the political situation when SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee have virtually rejected Congress president Sonia Gandhi`s two choices and announced three names instead for the highest Constitutional post.