Chennai, June 21 (): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at last has made its mind on Thursday to join hands with the Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and the Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik in supporting the Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma in his race for the Presidential post.
Jayalalithaa said here that a number of leaders who were in contact with her forced her to offer her support towards former President A P J Abdul Kalam, who decided not to contest the presidential election.
The Tamil Nadu CM expressed her willingness and requested all the parties to come ahead with their support to Mr Sangma.
Jayalalithaa strictly said to media men that there will be no change in the AIADMK’s stand in extending support to Mr Sangma that has been announced a month back.
In response to Mamata Banerjee’s support to Dr Kalam, Jayalalithaa said that the West Bengal chief minister had a verbal discussion with her to support the former President, to which she declared that she has already given words to Mr Sangma in supporting him. The Tamil Nadu CM said “let us wait until Mamataji is taking a positive decision”.
Mr Sangma got the initial support from Tamil Nadu CM as well as Odisha CM; none of the tribal candidates has ever been nominated for the highest post of the country, claimed Jayalalithaa.
Though the BJP has taken the decision after a late night meeting on Wednesday, which was held at the BJP veteran LK Advani’s residence, it is still in confusion and therefore sent its representative to Sangma asking him to give a confirmation that he will not change his mind at the very last moment, to which Mr Sangma has assured the BJP leadership that he will stick to his ground to fight the presidential polls.
According to reports though the possibilities of Sangma winning the presidential election are low, the Meghalaya leader who appears to be the only tribal leader in the country seems to have a good fortune in winning the race.