Former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma on Tuesday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking her party Trinamool Congress’ support to his candidature for the president’s post.
Sangma’s meeting with Mamata Banerjee at the Writers’ Building is crucial since the Trinamool Congress chief had earlier refused to meet him.
“My meeting with Mamata didi was good. I am very happy with the outcome of the meeting. I am going back with hope that her party will support me,” Sangma told reporters after meeting the West Bengal Chief Minister.
Senior TMC leader Mukul Roy also confirmed that Sangma met the party chief however he said that a decision in this regard wil be taken by the part at the right time.
Interestingly, Mamata has so far not revealed whether she will support opposition presidential candidate Sangma against UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee.
It was earlier reported that the West Bengal leader has asked her party MPs to abstain from voting on July 19 (presidential election) to highlight her opposition to the Congress candidate.
Despite refusing to meet Sangma earlier, she agreed to meet him later. She also told Sangma that whether TMC votes for him or not would be decided by the party later.
While Banerjee has not met Mukherjee or spoken to him about the presidential elections, she spoke to Sangma when he called her and promised to meet him when he is in Kolkata.
Mamata is being wooed by the Congress leaders seeking support for Mukherjee, while BJP is also wooing her for Sangma, who has been put up jointly by Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalitha and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.
Mamata has also made her opposition to Pranab Mukherjee public and she is believed to be in “no hurry” to take a decision on her party’s stand for the presidential polls.
With most parties having made their stand clear on the July 19 polls, TMC with 4% votes may consider abstaining as the best option.