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Updated: June 12, 2012 12:01 IST

Sangma pins his hopes on third front

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Former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma with Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad on Monday. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
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Former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma with Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad on Monday. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Meets Naidu to seek support for his candidature

The Nationalist Congress Party leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker, P.A. Sangma, on Monday termed his prospects in the presidential election “very good” and noted that the third front would be the deciding factor.

Talking to journalists after meeting Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu here to seek his “support and blessings,” Mr. Sangma said he made it clear to Mr. Naidu that he would contest as an “independent candidate” and was being “sponsored at the moment” by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik.

Mr. Naidu told him that soon after the completion of Tuesday's by-elections in Andhra Pradesh, he would discuss the issue at the party's executive committee and take a formal decision.

Though he would contest as a “non-NDA, non-UPA” candidate, Mr. Sangma said, he was seeking the support of all: he had met BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj; he also sought an appointment with Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.

Asked about BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain's remarks that the presidential election would spring a surprise, Mr. Sangma said both the ruling UPA and the NDA did not have a majority, so the outcome would depend on the third front, including Ms. Jayalalithaa, Mr. Patnaik, Mr. Naidu and the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal (Secular).

Mr. Sangma said he would meet Mr. Gowda on Tuesday.

When Sangma says that both NDA and UPA do not have majority, where does the majority come for the third front. The third front is till mirage in Indian politics. The politics in India should converge as Congress versus non congress today. Congress is undemocratic and corrupt today. Congress wants a 'yes' person as Rashtrapathi again. That attempt should be thwarted by all democratic parties in India now irrespective of their alliance. Congress is trying to bribe and bargain with Mamatha Banerjee and Mulayam singh Yadhav by promising increased Central allotment of funds to their states.

from:  K. Sanckar
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012 at 08:30 IST
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