The Congress Working Committee bade farewell to Pranab Mukherjee, its senior-most member, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praising the UPA’s presidential nominee for his immense contribution to public life, saying the party veteran would be missed. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also expressed happiness at Mukherjee’s nomination at a brief meeting that ended with tea and snacks. In contrast to usual CWC meetings, the mood was light in contrast to the June 4 deliberations that saw a veiled criticism of the finance minister over the state of the economy.
Mukherjee would end his formal association with Congress after four decades before engaging himself in the campaign for the President’s poll. He will resign as the finance minister on Tuesday. He is slated to file his nomination on June 28.