The UPAs Presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday met the ruling Congress MPs,MLAs and Members of Legislative Council during his campaign for the July 19 Presidential election. Mukherjee arrived from Chennai,where he launched his campaign Saturday,and after a brief meeting with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy,met the Congress legislators at Jubilee Hall and sought their support. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad and Union Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi accompanied him.
Mukherjee said he was grateful to all the parties which are extending support to his candidature. I have started meeting the electoral colleges from Saturday. I plan to visit as many state capitals as possible by July 15. I seek your support and I am grateful to all who are supporting me, the former finance minister said.
Referring to the challenge from BJP and BJD nominee P A Sangma and his prospects,Mukherjee said he did not believe in miracles. Pro-Telangana supporters created a stir,when they tried to organise protests,at Begumpet Airport and later near Jubilee Hall. State Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana said that they were trying to contact leaders of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS),YSR Congress and Telugu Desam to arrange a meeting with Mukherjee but it was yet to materialise.
The TRS says it is yet to decide but there are indications that it may not support UPA candidate. Party leaders blame Mukherjee for stalling all efforts to create a separate (Telangana) state. He is unlikely to get our support, MLA T Harish Rao said. Similarly,YSR Congress president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy who is in jail in the illegal assets case is also not in a mood to support Mukherjee.
A minor fire broke out at the Jubilee Hall a few minutes after Mukherjee and other leaders,including Reddy,had left after meeting Congress legislators. No one was injured.