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We DON'T want to get out of UPA: Trinamool

Last updated on: June 20, 2012 13:22 IST

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Amid the growing strain between the Congress Party and its ally the Trinamool Congress over the choice of Pranab Mukherjee as the United Progressive Alliance's presidential candidate, the latter has said it would quit the ruling alliance only if asked to do so.

TMC leader Kunal Ghosh told the media that the party had no intention of leaving the central coalition on its own.

"If the top leadership of the top party of the UPA thinks that the Trinamool Congress is unwanted, and they officially request the TMC leadership to be away from the UPA, then it may be considered. Otherwise, on our own, we do not want to get out of the UPA," Ghosh said.

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Image: Pranab Mukherjee
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He further said the party still stood by its decision to support former President A.P J Abdul Kalam for a second stint in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

"Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress had earlier declared that they will support A P J Abdul Kalam as the presidential candidate, and there is no change of that stand," added Kunal Ghosh.

The TMC's decision to oppose the Congress party's decision to field Mukherjee is being seen as a move to destabilise the government.

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Image: A.P J Abdul Kalam


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The nomination of Mukherjee was endorsed by the Congress party's allies in the UPA and other regional parties such as the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

The Trinamool's comments came in the wake of reports about Mamata sticking to her stance over Kalam. The party leadership may even issue a whip to all its legislators to vote for Kalam, said some media reports.

The presidential elections will be held on July 19. The vote count will take place on July 22.

Pratibha Devisingh Patil's term as President ends on July 24.

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Image: Mamata Banerjee


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Source: ANI