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Presidential polls: Mamata tightlipped

West Bengal,Politics, Wed, 02 May 2012 IANS

Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) With Congress looking for support for presidential polls, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was Wednesday tightlipped but said she will try to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi to enquire about her health.


"Till now I haven't had any conversation with anybody over this issue. I will be going to Delhi today for the chief minister's meeting (May 5). Whenever I go to Delhi I meet more or less everybody because I was an MP for 25 years," Banerjee told media persons.


"I will personally try to meet Soniaji. It will be a courtesy visit to enquire about her health because I have a personal relation with her. I have been trying to meet her for last few months whenever I visited New Delhi but I could not squeeze out time from my schedule," she said.


With Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee emerging as probable Congress choices for the presidential polls, the BJP has ruled out supporting either.


Congress sources had earlier told IANS that its allies were being sounded out on Ansari and Mukherjee.


The term of President Pratibha Patil ends in the third week of July.


The UPA has over 40 percent of the total votes in the electoral college while the NDA has less than 30 percent.


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