The Congress yesterday bid farewell to its presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee with glowing praise from leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi, at a specially convened meeting of the party’s working committee.
The informal Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting saw some emotional moments with members recalling Mukherjee’s long contribution to the party and the government and telling the senior leader that he will be missed. While Manmohan Singh said Mukherjee’s absence will be felt, Sonia Gandhi said he was a very capable candidate for presidency.
Mukherjee told the meeting he always treated himself as a Congressman and “did all that I could have done.” He said “Whatever I did for the party, I got back in greater measure from it.” Mukherjee expressed his gratitude to former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi besides Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh.
Mukherjee, a key troubleshooter of the UPA government, will demit office as the finance minister today and file his nomination papers for the presidential contest on June 28.