West Bengal Finance Minister meets Pranab Mukherjee for financial package

New Delhi, June 11 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Monday met Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the national capital over a financial package for the east Indian state.

The meetings assumes significance as many political observers believe a positive response from Mukherjee will surely help him in gaining the support of West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee for the presidential poll.

“We are making this demand for the past one year,” Mitra told reporters on Monday.

“We are optimistic about life,” he said.

“I will speak to Chief Minister after discussion,” he said.

The West Bengal government has been demanding for a package for the past one year.

Meanwhile, the race for the President’s seat has gained pace for the pat couple of months with names like Pranab Mukherjee, Vice -President Hamid Ansari, former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma making the rounds.

Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi was earlier vested the authority to select the candidate for the crucial Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections that is scheduled to take place in July.

Mukherjee moved a resolution during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on June 4 that gave Gandhi the authority to choose the candidates.

Pertinently, Mamata had earlier suggested the names of former President A P J Abdul Kalam, former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for the presidential post.

Mamata’s key TMC is a key ally to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

However, according to reports on Monday, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief has now conveyed that she will not oppose the Congress’ party’s nominee.

Banerjee’s move came after West Bengal Congress chief Manas Bhuniya on Sunday appealed to the TMC chief to support Mukherjee if his party makes him the candidate.

“I would like to appeal to the top leader of the Trinamool Congress that she support Pranab babu if he is made the candidate for the President post by our party High Command,” Bhuniya said.

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