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Pranab visits ailing Mamata

kolkata Updated: Aug 14, 2010 21:22 IST
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Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday visited ailing Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee at her residence here and expressd the hope that she would recover soon and join Parliament at the fag end of the monsoon session.

Rubbishing media reports that he had been asked to see the Trinamool Congress supremo at the direction of the Congress high command or the Prime Minister, Mukherjee retorted "I have not visited Mamata at anyone's order. I came to see her at my personal initiative".

"We had been extremely worried about her health," he added.

"I requested her whatever she would like to do, (she) should do after consultation with the doctor," he told reporters at the end of nearly hour-long meeting with the TC chief.

The senior Congress leader hoped that Banerjee would recover soon and would be able to join parliament at the fag end of monsoon session.

Mukherjee also dismissed inferences that he had been carrying "red or yelllow card while coming to see the ailing Railway Minister."

"Neither I am carrying a red card, green card or yellow card nor have I been directed or mandated by somebody," he snapped back.

"Parliament functioned yesterday. It is closed today. So, I decided to see her today itself," Mukherjee said.

The Railway minister had been advised rest by doctors after a truck hit a car in her convoy on August nine night.

Mukherjee's visit to her residence at Kalighat came after an aggressive BJP and the Left joined hands to target Banerjee for her comments on the death of top Maoist leader Azad at her rally at Lalgarh on August nine.

Mukherjee had said in the Lok Sabha on August 10 that the government would ascertain the position from the Railway Minister before saying anything.