Kolkata: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the UPA’s Presidential nominee, who is in Kolkata on a two-day visit, on Saturday made a veiled appeal to Trinamool Congress to support his candidature.
“Except for one partner all UPA allies have supported my candidature. Non-UPA partners like Samjawadi Party, BSP, besides other parties like CPI(M), AIFB, JD(U), Shiv Sena have also supported my candidature”, Mukherjee told reporters.
“My prayer is that those who have not yet taken a decision please support the UPA presidential candidate,” he added.
Trinamool Congress, which broke ranks with the UPA on the Presidential choice is yet to decide on supporting any presidential candidate after former president APJ Abdul Kalam, whom it had backed, declined to contest.
Mukherjee will resign as Union Finance Minister on Sunday ahead of filing nomination papers for the Presidential election.
Prior to his resignation as the Minister after two years in office, Mukherjee toured Kolkata and some other places of his home state.
“This is my last visit to Kolkata as the Finance Minister because I am going to demit my office on (June) 24th,” he said before leaving for his ancestral home in Birbhum.
“After that I will not be able to speak anything either on government or on party matters,” he said.
When asked about his feelings, Mukherjee said he was going to his village home with nostalgia.
“I am steeped in nostalgia. I was brought up in my village. I am basically a village boy. Whenever I find time, I would go to the village house,” he said.
77-year-old Mukherjee was made Finance Minister after UPA-II came to power in May 2009. Earlier in UPA-I, the veteran Congress leader held the portfolios of Defence and External Affairs