On Board PM's Special Aircraft: Prime Minister Manohan Singh on Saturday said he has still not given up "hope" on key ally Trinamool Congress supporting the candidature of UPA's Presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee and expressed confidence that the Finance Minister will be elected unanimously with also the support of opposition NDA.

"Trinamool is still part of UPA and I have still not given up hope that Trinamool Congress will also find its way to support the candidature of Pranab Mukherjee," Singh told reporters when asked whether he would request Banerjee to reconsider her decision on the issue of supporting Mukherjee's candidature. Presidential polls are due to be held on July 22.

The West Bengal Chief Minister, who is also the Trinamool supremo, has been resisting calls so far to change her party' stand and back the Congress stalwart from Bengal.

Singh said after the nomination of Mukherjee was announced, he had spoken to BJP leaders L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jailtey requesting them to work with the government and the ruling coalition to ensure that Mukherjee' election in next month's Presidential polls takes place unanimously.

BJP is supporting former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma but has formally split with its allies Shiv Sena and JD(U) on the Presidential poll issue.

(Agencies)

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