No one can become President on his own wish: Pranab
Kolkata: With his candidature for the President’s post gaining momentum, Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said no one can become president “on his own wish” and the Congress would decide on the issue.
UPA sources had said on Friday that Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who has been authorised by the party’s Working Committee to pick the candidate, is likely to make the announcement around June 15, probably a couple of days after the expected poll notification by the Election Commission.
The Congress president’s Political Advisor Ahmed Patel also had a meeting with Mr. Mukherjee at his North Block office on Friday.
The sources said the Congress has already secured the support of key allies like Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), who form part of the government, and outside supporters like Samajwadi Party.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), another outside supporter, and UPA’s second largest constituent Trinamool Congress, are not expected to oppose the UPA candidate.