UNION FINANCE Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukerjee,who is the Congress MLA from West Bengal’s Nalhati constituency,on Saturday urged Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to extend her party’s support to his father in the presidential race,saying,”The game is now over in favour of the Congress.”
The remark appeared to be a jibe at the West Bengal Chief Minister for her earlier remarks that the game in the president election is not yet over.
Talking to reporters,Abhijit said with a smile on his face: “The game is over. I would appeal to the West Bengal Chief Minister to kindly reconsider her stand on presidential election.” When asked if he was confident about his father’s victory,Abhijit said,”Is there any doubt about it? Am I not looking confident?”
On Trinamool’s opposition to Pranab’s candidature,he said: “In democracy and election there will be opposition. This is usual and a normal process that is followed in every democratic system. Some (politicians) feel that he (Pranab) is not the fittest candidate. Some think otherwise. Differences of opinion on several issues are very much expected in a democracy. I don’t see anything strange in it.”
“But I would appeal to all including Mamata Banerjee to support the candidature of the UPA candidate because he is the fittest one. I expect that she will change her stand,” he said.
When asked if the Congress would miss its chief troubleshooter during any crisis in future,Abhijit said: “My father is not the only crisis manager in the Congress. Ours is a 127-year-old party which has so many capable leaders to deal with any crisis. No one is indispensible in Congress. If one Pranab Mukherjee goes out of the party,another will come in. Problems were solved when my father was not in the party.”
About BJP-supported presidential candidate PA Sangma,senior Congress leader Om Prakash Mishra said: “Sangma is a respected leader but he has no party as of now. But he is trying to sensationalise the presidential election by calling for a debate on policy making. What debate he is talking about in the runup to the presidential poll? Debate takes place only about policy formulation. The President does not formulate policy. The President only ensures strict compliance of Constitutional norms.”