|Pranab emerging as consenus Prez candidate |
2012-06-16 [11:11:15 hrs]
|A day after Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was declared as UPA’s candidate for the post of President, on Saturday Mukherjee seems to be emerging as the consensus candidate amid growing support cutting across political affiliations. |
|Both the SP and BSP have assured their supports to Mukherjee’s candidature. There is every possibility that Left will through its weight behind Mukherjee following TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s decision to oppose Pranab.|
With former President APJ Abdul Kalam unlikely to enter the fray for presidency, reports say BJP-led NDA could back the veteran Congress man, who shares an excellent equation with opposition leaders. In return, NDA could bargain for Vice-President’s post.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, yesterday, called Leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, respectively, as well as senior BJP leader LK Advani to seek support for Mukherjee’s candidature.
Singh also called leaders of parties in parliament to seek their backing for Mukherjee’s candidature.