Sangma's son thanks Patnaik for proposing his father's name
Bhubaneswar, June 27 (ANI): Former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma's son Conrad Sangma has expressed his gratitude to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for lending support to his father.
Conrad Sangma said that his father is an appropriate candidate.
"I am indeed very happy to be here today and at the very outset I would like to extend my gratefulness, thankfulness to the honourable Chief Minister of Odisha Mr. Naveen Patnaik because it was he who had initially got out the name of Mr. P. A. Sangma for the President of this country," he told the media here on Tuesday.
P.A. Sangma, who is all set to lock horns with UPA presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee in the race to Raisina Hill, met West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Tuesday to seek her support for his candidature during the presidential poll.
"I have come to Kolkata to meet the honourable chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and other leaders like Mukul Roy, our Railway Minister. I have come here to request for the support of my candidature in the coming presidential election," Sangma told the media here.
"I am very happy with outcome of the meeting and I am going back with a lot of hope for the support of Mamatadi and the Trinamool Congress," he added.
Trinamool Congress leader and Union Railway Minister Mukul Roy, however, said after the meeting that a final call on backing Sangma for the coveted post will be taken only after holding due consultations within the party.
"P.A. Sangma, the presidential candidate, came to the Writers' Building to meet the chief minister as well as the chairperson of the All India Trinamool Congress Committee seeking support for the presidential election. Party will sit and discuss and then we will intimate the decision of our party later on," he said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has thrown its weight behind Sangma. He has also been promised support of the AIADMK and the Biju Janata Dal.
Sangma, who is determined to contest the presidential poll as a candidate of the Tribal Forum of India, quit the NCP earlier this month on grounds that his self-respect was being compromised.
The presidential elections will be held on July 19. The vote count will take place on July 22.
Pratibha Devisingh Patil's term as President ends on July 24. (ANI)
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