Although the quintessential number two in the Congress-led government, Pranab Mukherjee is a man of unparalleled experience who has the rare distinction of having served at different times as foreign, defence and finance ministers.
Finance minister and the government's most reliable troubleshooter, Pranab Mukherjee today said he's deeply honoured by his nomination for the President's post, and requested all political parties for support.
Having missed the bus 17 years ago when Jyoti Basu could not become the prime minister following objections form his own party, West Bengal Friday hailed the nomination of another son of the soil, Pranab Mukherjee, as candidate for the nation's presidency.
Political prudence of Ram Gopal Yadav prevailed over the views of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Friday as the party officially announced its support for United Progressive Alliance (UPA) presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee.
Shortly after Congress-led UPA announced Pranab Mukherjee as its Presidential candidate, an unfazed Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today said her party remained firm on the candidature of APJ Abdul Kalam.
Unfazed by the isolation after Congress-led UPA named Pranab Mukherjee as its Presidential nominee, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today said her party remained firm on the candidature of APJ Abdul Kalam and said "the game has just begun".
After holding the UPA to ransom for more than three years since its inception, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee finally got the jolt from the Congress. HT
reports. Kalam is our candidate: Mamata
In a clear attempt to retrieve the situation after being completely outwitted by its ally, the Trinamool Congress, the Congress seems finally determined to take its opponents head on.
Pranab Mukherjee saw his Presidential candidature as history repeating itself.
The BJP-led NDA may join in to support Pranab Mukherjee as the next President. Top BJP leaders may find it difficult to resist the appeals made by PM Manmohan Singh, UPA chief Sonia Gandhi and Mukherjee himself.
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam is highly unlikely to contest against finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.
The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) said today that it would support PA Sangma in the Presidential race. Party leader Arjun Sethi said that the decision was taken at a meeting held with BJD chief and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik.