Prez polls: No dearth of talent in party, says Congress

After the flip-flop on the issue of making Pranab Mukherjee presidential candidate, a Congress MP Friday said there is no dearth of talent in the party.

New Delhi: After the flip-flop on the issue of making Pranab Mukherjee presidential candidate, a Congress MP Friday said there is no dearth of talent in the party.

"There is no problem at all. There are many talented persons in the party and there is no dearth of talent in the organisation," Congress MP in Rajya Sabha Satyavrat Chaturvedi told reporters outside Parliament House.

He asked whether it is possible to spare Mukherjee, the party`s chief troubleshooter, for the presidency.

The dilemma in the party had come to the fore yesterday when party spokesperson Renuka Choudhary said that it would never be easy to leave Mukherjee (for presidency). "He is such a valuable person for us...His contribution to the party cannot be even measured," she had said.

She had later said that her admiration for his skill had been misunderstood and twisted out of context.

Chaturvedi said, "Talking about the issue is pre-matured as the consultation process is still on.

There will be discussion with everybody and then only a decision will be taken."

On whether there is opposition within Congress on making Mukherjee a presidential candidate, he said, "There is no opposition to anybody. Congress is deliberating on it with an open mind with allies. A decision will be taken only after the discussions."

PTI

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