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Friday June 15, 2012 06:47:55 PM, Agencies

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New Delhi/Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and its rival Samajwadi Party (SP) extended supports to UPA's presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah too extended his support to Pranab Da tweeting him a congratulatory message.


Announcing her party stand at the state party office in Lucknow, BSP supremo Mayawati told reporters that the party had made up its mind to favour Mukherjee as he was the "best suited candidate" for the top constitutional post.

"Of all the names offered so far, Pranab Mukherjee is the best suited for the presidency and my party has decided to extend its full support to his candidature," Mayawati said.

She said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had telephoned her a few minutes back, seeking her support for Mukherjee. "I have told both leaders that the BSP would support Pranab Mukherjee in the race for the presidency," Mayawati said.

She, however, added that her party's support for the UPA presidential candidate was merely based on "values and political thought".

The BSP would continue to oppose the anti-people policies of the UPA, she said adding that: "We are against the economic policies of the UPA and our opposition to them would continue."

'Samajwadi Party backs Pranab'

Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav also announced his party's support to UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee.

"SP will support him," Yadav said. "We will pray for his victory."


The announcement by the SP leader is surprising as it was till yesterday giving a list of few other names for the top constitutional post.

'Omar tweets Pranab Da'
Within minutes of the announcement of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee being the ruling UPA's presidential candidate, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah congratulated him through a tweet.

"Congratulations to Pranab Da. I have no doubt he will make an excellent president & I'm pleased to have been able to commit NC's support," Abdullah said in a message on his Twitter page Friday.

Abdullah hoped former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, whose name was proposed by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, does not contest.

"For what it's worth I hope former President #Kalam does not fall prey to the petty politics being played out. I hope he doesn't contest," he said in another tweet.

He also took a dig at Banerjee. "And finally before I take off back to Srinagar a final thought - how on earth will Mamata explain opposing a Bengali for President?"

Congress president Sonia Gandhi made the formal announcement after a meeting of her party and its allies, saying Mukherjee had to his credit a "long and distinguished record of public service for five decades".

She said he enjoyed broad support for holding the country's top post.

The UPA also appealed to all political parties, MPs and members of state assemblies to extend support for Mukherjee's candidature.

The presidential election will take place July 19.






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