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Nitish explains support for Pranab candidature

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar talking to journalists during his janata darbar in Patna on Monday.— Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar talking to journalists during his janata darbar in Patna on Monday.— Photo: Ranjeet Kumar  

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday clarified that the Janata Dal (United)’s support to United Progressive Alliance Presidential poll nominee Pranab Mukherjee is in appreciation of his stature as a seasoned and respected political leader with vast experience and not to the Congress.

“Mr. Mukherjee is a seasoned and respected political leader with vast experience and hails from neighbouring West Bengal. The JD(U) has decided to support him in the Presidential polls due to these twin reasons,” Mr. Kumar told journalists here.

“Our neighbouring State [West Bengal] has never had a person donning the top Constitutional or executive post, and Mr. Mukherjee’s election as the next President will fulfil the aspiration of the people of that State,” Mr. Kumar said, adding that “it is matter of pride to us and our people that a representative from the neighbouring State will grace the top Constitutional post”.

“I hope that upon assuming the post of the President, Mr. Mukherjee will visit Bihar for his first tour,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that he and his party stood for election by consensus for the top Constitutional post of the country, but they decided to back Mr. Mukherjee’s candidature once consensus eluded. Mr. Kumar denied there was any quid pro quo with the Centre for supporting Mr. Mukherjee. — PTI

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