New Delhi: Asserting that Pranab Mukherjee's victory in the Presidential poll was certain, Union Minister Vayalar Ravi on Tuesday said if a contest takes place then it will be just a "formality". Ravi also blasted Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal for making "unsubstantiated" allegations against the UPA presidential candidate who is "all set to become India's next president."

"Pranabda's victory is certain.... If voting takes place then it will be a formality," the Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs said when asked whether government was confident of Mukherjee becoming the next President. He said people who are thinking of a contest are a "confused" lot.

Slamming Kejriwal for levelling allegations against Mukherjee, Ravi said people of the country will look at the charges with "contempt".

"Unfortunately Indian freedom allows any Tom, Dick and Harry to make any kind of allegations against anybody. The charges were made to get media publicity," he said.

"The comments show how irresponsible these people are. Who are they? They think they are the guardians of Indian democracy.They are the sole agents of saving India," he said.

Asked whether as in-charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh he would seek support of the YSR Congress in case of a contest for President's post, Ravi chose not to answer directly but said Mukherjee will get overwhelming support of almost all political parties in South India.


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