New Delhi: Even as the Congress looks for consensus on a presidential candidate, the demands of various parties are growing, putting the party in a bind. While North East leader PA Sangma has insisted that a tribal candidate be made the president, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has asked for a three-year moratorium on the interest on the debts accrued by the state, in return for her cooperation in the matter.
Mamata is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday evening with regard to the moratorium issue. On Thursday, Mamata Banerjee had met the Congress President but claimed that they did not discuss the next President of India.
West Bengal Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chaudhury backed Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for President. However, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has said that the party has not finalised a name yet.
Meanwhile, the Left parties are meeting at 4 pm on Friday to discuss their choice of presidential candidate....more
03:52 PM, May 04, 2012