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Pranab formally appeals to Mamata for support

Pranab formally appeals to Mamata for support
In a letter addressed to the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, the presidential candidate of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Pranab Mukherjee asked for her 'invaluable support in this election' on Sunday. A copy of the letter was posted on the Trinamool Congress chief's Facebook page.

The former finance minister added in the letter, 'The President stands above party politics. Given an opportunity, it shall be my endeavour to protect the values of this office: integrity, impartiality and the promotion of
sarva sharma sambha...'


Mukherjee was nostalgic in the letter. He recalled how he began his public life from his ancestral village in West Bengal. Through the course of the letter, he tells Banerjee how he was schooled due to the 'the pro-poor commitment of Mrs Indira Gandhi' and how it remained his dream 'to eliminate the last vestiges of that terrifying affliction called poverty' from the country.

Hinting at past acrimony and his desire to better ties, Mukherjee wrote, 'The passage of a nation's life can never be continuously even and free from disputation. This makes it imperative that we set aside differences and unite to serve the nation that is our life.'

The Trinamool Congress chief has already said that she would announce her decision on the presidential election three days before the poll on 19 July.
 
When asked by reporters in Srinagar earlier in the day if he would appeal to Banerjee, to vote for him, Mukherjee said, 'I appeal to her almost every day. That is for her to decide.'
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