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No lack of talent in Cong says Pranab

Anupam Trivedi, Hindustan Times  Dehradun, July 10, 2012
First Published: 15:19 IST(10/7/2012) | Last Updated: 15:21 IST(10/7/2012)

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee has said that there is no lack of talent in the Congress party.

In a run up to the Presidential election, Mukherjee reached Dehradun on Tuesday and met Congress and ally legislators in the Uttarakhand assembly.

“Congress is a big party and there is no lack of talent (leaders),” Mukherjee told reporters in Dehradun when asked to comment whether Congress will face any problem since he was considered 'Congress' man of all seasons'.

He added that conventionally Presidential candidate cannot have any party. “I have resigned from the Congress; secondly I am seeking support from many parties."

When quizzed about Trinamool Congress' stand, Mukherjee said, "I am looking forward since Trinamool had already said they will decide (about support) 3-4 days prior to the polls."

The UPA Presidential candidate preferred to play soft on National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate PA Sangma's allegation about Raisina Hills having become a “dumping ground” for the failures.

“I don’t make any comment. I find it not proper to comment on the observation of a contesting candidate. It is also indecent on my part to say something against contesting candidate” he replied.  

Pranab Mukherjee also thanked media for their support. “I am in public life since last five decades and several times I have visited Dehradun. During my visits I interacted with media either in the capacity of a minister or Congress office bearer,” he underlined adding, “Today I am expressing gratitude to media here and in every state wherever I am visiting."

Earlier in the morning Pranab reached the capital and was escorted by chief minister Vijay Bahugua, Union minister of state for parliamentary affairs Harish Rawat, Union minister of state in Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanasamy, Union MoS Rajeev Shukla, to a local hotel where the UPA Presidential candidate met legislators and members of Parliament.

In the 70-member assembly, Congress has 32 MLAs whereas its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has 3, Uttarakhand Kranti Dal has 1 member besides 3 independent MLAs who have also extended support to Pranab Mukherjee. Congress also has five Lok Sabha and one Rajya Sabha member from Uttarakhand.

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