Reacting to the BJP's charges that his signature on the resignation from the post of chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute was forged, UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said “How can I forge my own signature?”
BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar had said Mukherjee’s resignation letter had been forged to save his candidature. Kumar said Mukherjee’s signature on his resignation letter and his reply to the objections by the BJP did not tally.
On a whirlwind tour of Kerala to whip up support for his candidature, Mukherjee said there was no discrepancy.
“It is my signature. I have given an explanation to the returning officer and he was convinced,” he said, adding that since the issue had been settled and there was no need to debate it further.
“These issues were debated at the office of the returning officer. Who had forged my signature? I myself?” said Mukherjee.
“I do not know what they have said. Who can forge his own signature? How can somebody lodge a complaint that you forged your own signature?” he added.
When asked about his opponent PA Sangma’s demand for a copy of the detailed order rejecting his objections, Mukherjee did not reply.
Earlier in the day, Mukherjee met legislators of the ruling UDF and opposition LDF. Except CPI and RSP all constituents of the LDF are supporting him thanks to the ‘Mamata’ factor. To a question he said he’s confident that ‘Mamata Banerjee’s party would also support him.