Former Lok Sabha Speaker and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader P.A. Sangma on Friday met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani in an apparent bid to solicit the support of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for his candidature as President.
Mr. Sangma met Mr. Advani, who is also the NDA Working Chairperson, at the latter’s residence this morning. The meeting lasted around 20 minutes.
Mr. Sangma had announced earlier that he will be meeting Mr. Advani and other BJP leaders to garner their support for his plans of contesting the Presidential elections.
The NCP leader has maintained that no tribal has ever become the President of India. He is a Christian tribal from Meghalaya.
The former Speaker has met leaders from different parties, except the Congress and some of its allies, to win their support.
BJP is not likely to support Mr. Sangma as it is keen on fielding an NDA candidate for the top post. The party wants to put up a candidate against the Congress-led UPA to convey a message that it is not with the ruling party.