After getting disappointed with Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav's flip-flops, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday joined Facebook to intensify her support for scientist APJ Abdul Kalam's Presidential candidature and justified her choice as the 'choice of the millions of Indians'.
Earlier, Mulayam Singh stood by Mamata's side supporting Kalam's nomination for the top post. However, the SP chief changed his stance on Friday, while expressing his support for Congress's choice: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
As Congress announced Prananb as the official UPA presidential candidate, Mamata joined the famous social networking site, Facebook, last evening and shared her views about why she has been rooting for Kalam's candidature.
Mamata in her first post wrote: "We in the 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 people such as him, people of free thought and honourable action who will not hesitate to do what is just and right."
Mamata has opposed Pranab Mukherjee's candidature for the president post, in spite of being a major ally of the UPA and has been campaigning for Kalam. Mamata also said that Kalam would win the Presidential poll and also reportedly congratulated him in advance. She also skipped the UPA meet on Friday showing her dissent over the party's candidate choice.
The relationship between Congress and TMC has been deteriorating over the years. Several plans of UPA were put on the backburner due to Mamata's protest.
At a time when the ruling Congress is virtually finding a foe in ally (Mamata), the party is moving closer to the SP having found a possible friend in Mulayam Singh.
Is Mulayam Singh a right replacement to Mamata? The Congress has to decide on that.