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Press Trust Of India
Kolkata, July 22, 2012
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday congratulated Pranab Mukherjee for his victory in the Presidential poll and said she will attend his swearing in ceremony on July 25. Banerjee congratulated Mukherjee over telephone after his victory over PA Sangma. She told PTI that during the conversation, Mukherjee requested her to attend his swearing in function as President on July 25.

"Responding to his request, I agreed to attend the ceremony,," the Trinamool Congress chief said.

She also invited him to visit West Bengal first after winning the elections.

Party sources said Banerjee would be leaving for the capital on July 24 and return here on July 25 after attending the ceremony.

TMC MP Kunal Ghosh said Mukherjee told the chief minister during the telephonic talk that his win would have been incomplete without the support of the Trinamool Congress.

Banerjee, who had initially opposed the candidature of Mukherjee, had announced her party's support to him two days before the election on July 19.