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Countdown to Mamata's dramatic announcement

delhi Updated: Jun 13, 2012 21:07 IST
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Here's the rundown to Wednesday's dramatic announcement on the presidential poll:

June 12, Tuesday

-- 4.30 pm: Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee arrives in the national capital, a day ahead of her meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the July 19 presidential polls.

-- 5 pm: After landing in Delhi, she heads straight to the residence of another key United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ally Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

-- Aims to create a pressure group within the Congress-led UPA.

-- 6.30 pm: Banerjee says she will again meet Yadav after meeting Gandhi Wednesday to finalise strategy.

June 13, Wednesday

-- 4.30 pm: Banerjee meets Gandhi.

-- 5.30 pm: Announces that the Congress prefers finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President M. Hamid Ansari for the high office.

-- 6 pm: Banerjee meets Yadav.

-- 6.55 pm: She announces names of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former president APJ Abdul Kalam and former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee as potential candidates for the presidential polls.

-- In a way, rules out candidature of Mukherjee, the most-preferred Congress candidate.