Prez poll: Finally, Pranab wins UPA’s support?
After days of intense political deliberations, UPA has decided to back Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as the next President of India.
New Delhi: After days of intense political deliberations, UPA has decided to back Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as the next President of India.
Although an official announcement is expected only after the UPA the meeting scheduled for today evening, sources have confirmed that all UPA constituents – barring Mamata – have decided to back Pranab for the top job.
The breakthrough appears to have come after Mulayam Singh Yadav, reportedly, assured UPA managers of his support to Pranab da. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party is also standing with UPA, it was claimed.
Prior to the meeting of the UPA, key Congress ministers, including Pranab, met at the 7 Race Course residence of Prime Minister to fine-tune strategy.
They have reasons to be worried if the NDA decides to support Mamata Banerjee’s push to make Dr APJ Abdul Kalam the next President.
Mamata to skip meet
A combative West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee would not be attending the UPA meeting on the presidential poll; however she continues to remain part of the UPA.
"I have not left (the United Progressive Alliance), if they want me to leave then it is for the UPA to take a call. We don`t want to topple the UPA government. The ball is in the Congress`s court," she had said in Delhi before leaving for West Bengal yesterday.