Pranab welcomes Trinamool decision
"I welcome her decision. I welcome the decision taken by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee," Mukherjee told a television channel.
He refused to say anything further.
Mukherjee's comment came after Banerjee, who had been opposing his bid for the top post so long, did a volte face and announced that her party would vote for him in the July 19 poll.
Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed, who is in charge of the party's affairs in West Bengal, also welcomed the Trinamool decision by stating that it would not have been good if Trinamool had voted against Mukherjee or abstained from the presidential poll.
"We all welcome Mamata-di's decision. We are very happy. It would not have looked good if Trinamool being an alliance partner of the UPA, would have abstained or had voted against Pranab-da," Ahmed said.
Expressing serious concern over the ongoing protests in Andhra Pradesh, following the nod for the creation of a separate Telangana State, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the Centre must address the genuine concerns of the people and assure them that their interests will be duly protected.
Date 06-12-13, Duration 2:11, Views 615