Days before he demits office as finance minister and sets off on the last leg of his run for presidency, Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday appealed to all undecided parties — without naming the Trinamool Congress — to support him.
"I am the UPA presidential candidate. I seek the support of all the parties," Mukherjee said in his last visit to his home state as finance minister. He is likely to relinquish the post on June 26 before filing his nomination papers for the July 19 presidential polls. "Those who have not taken a decision, I appeal to them to support the UPA candidate," he said before leaving for Belur Math.
Asked about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remark that the UPA still hoped for Trinamool’s support, he replied, "I have no comment to make on what the PM has said."
Earlier, asked if he would meet or talk to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for support, Mukherjee said he would definitely talk to her but not at the present moment.
Before leaving for Delhi, Mukherjee also called on governor MK Narayanan at the Raj Bhavan. Mukherjee visited his village Mirati in Birbhum district of central Bengal during his latest visit the state. On Saturday, he met friends, family members and well-wishers in Birbhum and Kolkata.