Mulayam keeps option open on presidential nominee

May 23rd, 2012 - 1:02 am ICT by IANS  

NewDelhi,May22(IANS)SamajwadiPartychiefMulayamSinghYadavTuesdaykepthisoptionsopenonthenamesdoingtheroundsaspossiblenomineesoftheCongressbutindicatedhewouldbecomfortablewithcandidatureofVicePresidentHamidAnsariashebelongstoUttarPradesh.

InaninformalinteractionwithmediapersonsatthedinnerhostedbyPrimeMinisterManmohanSinghtomarkthirdanniversaryofUnitedProgressiveAlliance-IIgovernment,MulayamSinghrepeatedhisdemandthatthepostofpresidentshouldgotoapolitician.

AskedifheconsideredAnsaritobeapolitician,hesaidthathe(Ansari)belongedtohis”favourite”districtofUttarPradesh.Ansari’sfamilybelongstoGhazipurdistrictineasternpartsofthestate.

“Peoplefromhisfamilyarepolitical,”theSamajwadiPartychiefsaid.

later,askedbyIANSabouthisstanceonFinanceMinisterPranabMukherji,whoistheothernamedoingroundsasprobablepresidentialcandidateofCongress,MulayamSinghgaveacrypticreply.

“Whattosay.Justguessit,”hesaid.

TheprimeministerandCongresspresidentSoniaGandhi,however,didnotansweranyquestionrelatedtopresidentialpolls.

“Can’tsayanythingnow,”GandhisaidtoaqueryifMukherjeecouldbesparedofhisresponsibilitesinthegovernment.

ManmohanSinghtoopariedaquestiononpresidentialpolls.

NationalistCongresschiefSharadPawar,however,saidUPAseemedinchingclosetothenumbersinthepresidentialrace.

“Iheardit(numbers)isnotproblem.Ibelievethem,”hesaid.

PawarsaidhehadsuggestedtoGandhithatnamescouldbediscussedaftertheUPAmustersnumbers.

HesaidhehadnotdiscussednameswithGandhisofar.

AskedabouthisreactiontopossibilityofpartyleaderP.A.Sangmacontestingpresidentialelection,PawarsaidNCPwoulddecideabouthiscontinuanceifhefilesnominations.

PawarsaidSangma’sdemandforsupporttoatribalcandidatewillbedecidedbytheparty.

–Indo-AsianNewsService
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