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Sonia authorised to choose Prez, VP nominees

New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee (CWC) today authorised party President Sonia Gandhi to decide on the candidates for the coming Presidential and Vice Presidential elections.

The resolution, authorising her, was interestingly moved by Finance Minister and senior leader Pranab Mukherjee, who is himself considered the front runner in the race for the President`s post. The resolution was adopted at the day-long meeting of the CWC, chaired by Gandhi, unanimously, party sources said.

Major political formations like the Congress-led UPA and NDA are yet to announce their strategy for the next month`s Presidential election, while AIADMK and BJD have declared former Speaker P A Sangma as their candidate.

The CWC resolution read, "This meeting of the CWC authorises the Congress President to select the party candidates for the forthcoming elections of President and Vice President of the country." The resolution was passed unanimously, AICC General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters at the end of the CWC.

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