In India UPA appeals to all political parties for showing their support for Pranab Mukherjee as the President of India. According to UPA statement, Pranab has a long and distinguished record, broad support for his candidature.
India and poll
Pranab Mukherjee is the foremost choice for all UPA leaders in India. Sonia Gandhi announces Pranab Mukherjee as UPA nominee for President poll. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee reach Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence to attend the UPA meet. After the meeting Pranab Mukherjee’s name was suggested.
Many other politicians of different political parties in India objected to supporting Kalam. According to sources there is no unanimity within the JD(U) on whether Kalam should be supported or not. Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar meets Kalam in Patna. It is esteemed that Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will clarify his stand on Pranab.
According to sources in India Pranab may resign as the Finance Minister on June 24 after filing his nomination for the President’s post and the Prime minister is likely to take over the Finance portfolio. It is also belived that Chidambaram or Sushil Shinde may replace Pranab as the Leader of the Lok Sabha.
According to sources it is believed that Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend meeting as she feels there is no point in attending the meet because the candidate has already been decided.
In India congress sources have claimed that the SP and the BSP were on board over the Presidential candidate. The sources also confirmed that Pranab Mukherjee is set to be the UPA’s Presidential candidate. For India it is a crucial day ahead for the Presidential race. The UPA will meet on Friday and the Congress is likely to come out with its Presidential nominee.