Prez Poll race: Pranab seeks support from all parties
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is at present his first visit to his native land and state after declaring the UPA's presidential candidate, Saturday appealed to all political parties to support his candidature in the race for Raisina Hill, scheduled on July 19, 2012.
"Other than the UPA's own members, everybody else in the government, have lend their support to me. Outside the UPA, the groups who are supporting me includes - the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)," said Pranab to media in Kolkata, who visited there for meeting his family.
"Outside the UPA, groups such as All India Forward Block, Janata Dal-United (JD-U), and Shiv Sena, they also have supported my candidature,? said current Finance Minister Mukherjee who is likely to resign from his post on June 24.
?My sincere request, who ever have swore according to their parties, please cast your votes accordingly. The ones' who haven't taken any decision, my humble request to them is that they support the UPA's choice," he added.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee has still not backed Mukherjee's candidature for the presidential poll.
Speaking on his native village tour, Pranab said, "Obviously, I am feeling really nice. There is a lot of nostalgia. I would go to my village, where I grew up. And many of you don't know possibly, I am basically a village boy, my life, up to graduation stage, I have graduated from a district college."
Mukherjee had earlier on Friday acknowledged his gratitude to the various political parties and their leaders for backing him in the ensuing elections to choose the next President of India.
"Indeed, I am indebted to all those such as CPM (Communist Party of India-Marxist), Forward Bloc, Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party, BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party), LJP (Lok Janshakti Party) and RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal), who have endorsed and supported my candidature in the elections for the President of the nation," said Mukherjee.
"I appeal to all the leaders of theses and other parties to consider my candidature," he added.
The presidential elections will be held on July 19. The vote count will take place on July 22.
Pratibha Devisingh Patil's term as President ends on July 24.
--With IANS Inputs--
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