The State Congress failed to invite political parties supporting Pranab Mukherjee, although the UPA’s Presidential candidate himself did not forget to contact YSR Congress leader Y.S. Vijayamma and sought her party’s support in the election.
AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad was earlier annoyed on being told that the State Congress leadership did not extend a formal invitation to the MIM to attend the meeting in Jubilee Hall, in spite of instructions from the top. They also forget to inform the CPI (M) about Mr. Mukherjee’s visit.
On his part, however, Mr. Mukherjee succeeded in getting in touch with Ms. Vijayamma through her daughter Sharmila and sought her party’s support for his candidature. Ms. Vijayamma reportedly said that the party’s governing council would shortly take a decision on the issue in consultation with Mr. Jagan, who is now in jail. Sources said Mr. Azad rang up MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, who deputed a delegation of the party MLAs to meet Mr. Mukherjee at his hotel. Mr Azad also spoke to CPI (M) State secretary B.V.Raghavulu and LSP chief Jayaprakash Narayan.