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02:23 AM Jun 02, 2019 |

presidential election, it felt like it was not a presidential election but a general election,” he said.

After the outcome was announced, Mukherjee personally called up Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and JD ( U) President Sharad Yadav to th

ank them. They broke ranks with the BJP to vote for him. The victory was significant in other ways too. In BJP- ruled Karnataka, there were reports of cross voting.

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Sangma, a former Lok Sabha speaker, called for a ” code of conduct” for the presidential polls and said the election this year has been exceptionally ” political”. It is likely to be a political term too. The widely held view is that Mukherjee, who could have been prime minister given his seniority in the government, would be the best person to handle the complexities post 2014 Lok Sabha election.

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For the Congress- led UPA, it was a moment to cherish. All roads led to Mukherjees Talkatora Road residence. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi called on the president- elect.

Said a beaming Defence Minister A. K. Antony: ” He will make a very, very good president.” Said Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit: ” With his years of experience, Mukherjee will be one of the wisest presidents.” If there was exultation in the UPA ranks, there were wild celebrations in his village Mirati in West Bengals Birbhum district. People danced to drums and smeared alt39 gulalalt39 on each other.

Mukherjee is the first Bengali to be president. The archetypal enigmatic politician, he has given few insights into his personal life through his decades in public life. Known to be a voracious reader and indefatigable worker whos up till midnight, he is married to Surva, a known Rabindra Sangeet exponent. The couple have two children. ” I canalt39t explain how happy I am,” said his elder sister Annapurna Devi. She recalled her brother as being very mischievous as a boy. Unfortunately, Annapurna Devi, 86, will be unable to attend the ceremony to see the naughty boy become Indias new president. – Input AP

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