Fri, 06 Jul 2012 09:59:55 GMT | By IANS

Pranab will win, says Chidambaram; Sibal meets Mamata

Kolkata: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram Thursday expressed confidence that UPA presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee would win with 65 percent votes, even as Telecom Minister Kabil Sibal met Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, apparently to seek her support in the poll.

Pranab will win, says Chidambaram; Sibal meets Mamata

"Please don't bring Trinamool Congress into this. Pranab Mukherjee will win by bagging more than 65 percent of the votes," Chidambaram told a media meet at the Press Club here, to queries asked whether the United Progressive Alliance nominee can coast to victory without the Trinamool's backing.

To a query on whether the Trinamool would extend support to Mukherjee, he replied: "One way or the other, he will get over 65 percent of the valid votes".

Sibal, who was also present at the media conference, said "That's the percentage of votes that he (Mukherjee) is sure to get."

Sibal, who arrived here in the morning, went to the state secretariat, Writers' Buildings, for talks with Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister. However, he denied having met Banerjee to garner support for Mukherjee for the July 19 presidential poll.

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