In his first reaction to his candidature, Mukherjee told reporters in Dhaka that he himself was “in the dark” on the matter. Till Sunday, Mukherjee had only asked the media not to speculate on his candidature.
“I am afraid I do not know. In our system of decision-making, unless a decision is taken, nobody discloses it officially. So, I am in the dark as you (media) are," said the 76-year-old Congress veteran.
Mukherjee’s statement came amid discussions between various political parties over the past week on the presidential election. The CPI(M) asked the Congress to declare its candidate before trying to build a consensus. “We will announce our decision only after the Congress announces its candidate,” a party leader said.
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