Pranab to meet Thackeray on July 13
NEW DELHI: Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to call on Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai on July 13 to thank him for backing his candidature. Sena sources said Mukherjee would be accompanied by NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan. While state politicians across parties are known to share personal relations with Thackeray,senior Congress leaders at the Centre have always publicly maintained a distance from him due to the Sena position vis-a-vis Hindutva and Muslims. Mukherjees visit,therefore,would be watched with great interest.
Meeting with SP,BSP leaders today
LUCKNOW: Pranab Mukherjee will be in Lucknow on Tuesday to meet Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav,Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,and Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati. He will meet SP leaders over lunch at the CMs official residence where he will be introduced to party MLAs and MPs. While both SP and BSP are backing Mukherjee,it is likely that several Independents and smaller outfits will also extend their support. Later in the evening,he will meet Mayawati who will take him to the BSP office for formal introduction with party legislators. He will also meet Congress leaders.
Sangma cant behave like rogue element
New Delhi: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Monday questioned P A Sangmas claim of representing tribals in the Presidential poll,saying the former Lok Sabha Speaker cant behave like a rogue element. Mukul,a fellow Garo tribal from the same Garo Hills district,said the President represents the whole country and not a particular state,community or religion. The CM said Sangma could have done a lot of things to make a difference in the lives of the tribals had he wished,as he had occupied several key Constitutional posts in his long political career.