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Mamata gets social to explain stand

After days of dramatic developments on the presidential poll, the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has started a Facebook page to explain her stand. The first post on the social networking web site reads, 'Today I am starting a dynamic engagement process with all of you through this page. This is my first post on this page. I am a humble, transparent common person like the vast majority of you. I gave voice to what millions of Indians want to see in a President.'

On her choice of the former president A P J Abdul Kalam as the presidential candidate, the social media page stated, 'Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is a proud and distinguished son of India who continues to inspire all Indians. He embodies qualities I greatly admire and believe in practising daily. He is a man of integrity who has held his head high and made the nation proud through his achievements. He is a seeker of truth, a fount of knowledge and an impartial voice of reason and sanity, who is above narrow politics. He is the kind of man all our citizens aspire to make President.'

The Trinamool Congress supremo said in the post, 'My party is a small party. We are not a big party with none of the resources others possess. We are led by truth and conviction. All through my life I have stood by my principles. I stand by the position I have taken.

'We in the All India Trinamool Congress support Dr Kalam as the Presidential candidate. I have already given a clarion call to other parties to support Dr Kalam as President. Along with my other fellow citizens I can only urge them to consider this call. Let our country be led forward by men such as him, men of free thought and honourable action who will not hesitate to do what is just and right.'

'In a democracy people’s will is supreme. I request all my fellow citizens to petition their public representatives to vote for Kalam. Let your voice be heard. I will bow to the will of the people,' she signed off.
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