The Mukherjee household in Kirnahar village of West Bengal's Birbhum district erupted with laughter and bonhomie on Friday. And why not? After all, a son of the Mukherjee poribar (family) - Poltu alias Pranab Mukherjee - would in all likelihood become the President of India.
"No one will be as happy as me if Pranab becomes president," said Annapurna, the 82-yr-old sister of finance minister and UPA's presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee.
In fact, a special puja was organised at the local temple for Mukherjee's smooth entry to Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Mukherjee's elder brother Pijush said, "He was an extremely good student, and never came second in his entire academic career."
Mukherjee's constituency Jangipur in Murshidabad district was euphoric. Reacting to the news of Mukherjee's nomination, MP Adhir Chowdhury said, "Muddai lakh bura chaahe to kya hota hai, wohi hota hai jo manzoor-e-khuda hota hai (You can wish someone ill, but their destiny is determined only by God's will). Some persons tried to create obstacles, but they didn't succeed."