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'Cong trying to build consensus on Prez poll'

PTI  Kanpur, May 05, 2012
First Published: 19:09 IST(5/5/2012) | Last Updated: 19:16 IST(5/5/2012)

Congress is making efforts to arrive at a consensus on the UPA candidate for the upcoming Presidential election, Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said in Kanpur on  Saturday.

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"No name has yet been finalised. The Congress party is following a policy of arriving at the decision through widest possible consensus," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function.

"UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is in consultation with parties and leaders and efforts are on to build a consensus," the Coal minister said.

Asked whether Pranab Mukherjee would be the UPA's choice, he said "each day media is raising a new name. The UPA has not taken any decision on its nominee."

On West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee reportedly pressurising the Centre for a special economic package for the state, Jaiswal said he had no information on the matter.

To a question, he said "we are optimistic on forming a consensus on the issue of National Counter Terrorism Centre."

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