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Support Pranab as president, Congress urges Mamata

Kolkata(IANS): The Congress Sunday appealed to Trinamool Congress – its ally both at in the central and West Bengal government – to support its veteran party leader and union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for the presidential election.

“Discussions about our nominee for the presidential election are still on and the ultimate decision vests with the party high command. But we feel Mukherjee is the most apt choice for the post,” Congress leader and state Irrigation Minister Manas Bhunia told media persons here.

“What has been concerning us the most is the silence of our ally – the Trinamool Congress. I appeal to them and their supremo (Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) to support Mukherjee as the choice for the president,” he added.

Banerjee had earlier expressed reservations on Mukherjee’s presidential candidature and her vote is being considered a key to selecting the nominee.

On Saturday, Janardhan Dwivedi, who heads the Congress’ media department, said in New Delhi the party was yet to call on its presidential nominee.

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