Mamata non-committal on Pranab as President

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today remained non-committal on backing Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee as President saying her party would strongly support Speaker Meira Kumar for the post. "No, I didn`t say but if allows him who am I to oppose it? It depends on the majority. It is a democratic country.

Mukherjee is finance minister…for Pranab Mukherjee I am very much sincere. About this I am very much serious. It `s Congress party`s decision (as to) who will be the candidate. We cannot say. I cannot interfere in Congress party`s business. "But if you ask my party`s choice or the personal choice, then I`ll say, I love Miera Kumar. She is a soft-spoken lady from the scheduled caste background," she told in a TV channel.

She was replying to questions about her party`s stand on the coming Presidential election and why Mukherjee`s name is not not on her wishlist for the post of President. Banerjee also favoured former Governor Gopalakrishna Gandhi or former President A P J Abdul Kalam. "These three names are better, I think so," she said, according to the transcript of the interview issued by the channel.

Asked about Mukherjee, Banerjee, chief of Tranamool Congress, which runs a coalition government with the Congress in West Bengal, said, "Is he the son of Bengal? He may the son of world….I don`t think so but it is his choice. I don`t know." To a query about Mukherjee not not being in Mamata Banerjee`s wishlist for the post of President, Banerjee said "No. I didn`t say. But if country allows him, who am I to oppose it."