Presidential elections: Sangma meets Mamata but, fails to get commitment for support

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p-a-sangma-mamata-banerjeeJune 27, Kolkata: Presidential candidate P A Sangma met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat on Tuesday. She greeted Sangma with a smile and folded hands but was non-committal about her party’s support. Sangma termed the meeting as “very good” and said he was leaving Kolkata with a “lot of hope”. Mamata told him that a decision on supporting him would be taken after discussions in the party.

“I came here to request her to support my candidature in the President’s election. Bhalo alochona hoyechhe (We had constructive talks). I am very happy with the outcome,” Sangma said.

“I am going back with a lot of hope for the President’s election from the Trinamul Congress and Mamata Banerjee. In 2004, when I quit the NCP, Mamata-di had supported me. I expect she would help me this time also,” He added before leaving the state secretariat.

Railway Minister and Trinamool general secretary Mukul Roy said the party was in no hurry to announce its stand.”Sangmaji has asked for our support. After discussing the matter within, we will announce our stand at the right time and inform him. There is still a lot of time left. So there is no need to hurry,” said Roy.

But, the Trinamool camp is mulling the idea of abstaining from voting without assuring any support to the former speaker of the Lok Sabha.

“We don’t have any problem with the Sangma but the political situation is such we cannot go with a BJP candidate. That will be suicidal. We preferred not to go with the UPA candidate nor can we go with the NDA nominee. We are left with no choice actually,” a senior Trinamool Congress leader told Deccan Herald on condition of anonymity.Sangma, who aspires to be first tribal President of the country, has, apart from the BJP, managed to garner support from regional parties like the AIADMK and the Biju Janata Dal but together these parties do not have the numbers in the electoral college to swing the result in Sangma’s favour.

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