UPA names Pranab as presidential candidate (Lead)

June 15th, 2012 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Pranab Mukherjee New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was Friday evening named the UPA candidate for next month’s presidential elections.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi made the formal announcement after a meeting of her party and its allies, saying Mukherjee had to his credit a “long and distinguished record of public service for five decades”.

She said he enjoyed broad support for holding the country’s top post.

The UPA also appealed to all political parties, MPs and members of state assemblies to extend support for the candidature of Mukherjee.

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