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Sangma soldiers on, sounds out Modi

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    Sangma soldiers on, sounds out Modi

    OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
    New Delhi, May 21: Purno Sangma is battling on to muster support for his presidential ambitions despite being cold-shouldered by his own party, and made overtures to Narendra Modi today.

    The NCP has told him that its limited presence in Parliament and a single state, Maharashtra, precludes it from independently sponsoring his candidature or ensuring his victory.

    Sangma’s original sponsors, Jayalalithaa and Naveen Patnaik, however, are continuing to push his case, arguing that it’s time India got its first tribal President.

    After the AIADMK chief spoke to a range of leaders from L.K. Advani to Mulayam Singh Yadav yesterday, Sangma rang the Gujarat chief minister this morning.

    A Gujarat BJP source said Sangma’s move was “perhaps influenced†by the limited coalition Modi had forged with his Tamil Nadu and Odisha counterparts to oppose the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre.

    Sangma told a TV channel that Modi had “assured†him of support but sources in Gujarat claimed the chief minister had merely promised to place the matter before a BJP forum. The sources said Modi’s views on Sangma were still unclear and that his first choice was A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, whom the BJP too fancied although it did not push his case with vigour.

    In the TV interview, Sangma, who was the Lok Sabha Speaker during United Front rule, said his priority was to contest as an “independent tribal†candidate.

    He said he had asked his party boss Sharad Pawar to seek the backing of Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Pranab Mukherjee.

    That the Sangma camp is not giving up is clear from Patnaik’s proposed schedule for his Delhi visit tomorrow. Biju Janata Dal sources said he was likely to call on “potential†supporters although they wouldn’t name anyone.

    Congress and BJP sources said Sangma’s chances in a possible contest would become clearer only after the Congress revealed its nominee, but they acknowledged that his presence had “considerably†raised the bar for the candidates.

    “Given his distinguished record as Speaker, his skill at winning friends and neutralising foes, and his long political career in Meghalaya, he certainly can’t be dubbed a lightweight,†a Congress source said. “The Congress may have to consider several criteria… such as his tribal antecedents, the Christian factor and the Northeast.â€

    A BJP lobby too feels that backing a Christian and northeastern tribal could help the party. One, it might soften Christians’ reservations about the party. Two, it might weaken the perception in the Northeast (barring Assam and Arunachal) that the party is indifferent to the region.

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    Made my day. Hypocrite. Day time he bays for Modi's blood, but slyly asks his support!!

    Time such turncoats are marched into oblivion.
     
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