New Delhi: BJP on Monday discussed strategies to muster further support for the candidature of Presidential poll nominee PA Sangma, including that of smaller parties in various states which are still undecided on the issue.
Sangma, whose nomination was initially put up by AIADMK and BJD and got the support of BJP later, today also attended a meeting of BJP central office-bearers as well as chief ministers of the main opposition party-ruled states.
The party is also chalking out the programme of Sangma`s visit to various states. The first BJP-ruled state Sangma will visit is Gujarat on July 6, BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar told PTI.
Sangma, who recently quit NCP before filing his nomination for the Presidential election, reached the BJP office this afternoon and participated in the party meeting which was discussed the strategy for the July 19 poll.
"Sangma was present in the meeting of BJP office-bearers. He thanked the party for supporting his candidature," BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
BJP president Nitin Gadkari convened the meeting of central office-bearers of the party with the main agenda being the Presidential election and how support should be mustered for Sangma.
Later, at NDA Working Chairperson LK Advani`s residence, Sangma met chief ministers of BJP-ruled states to discuss the Presidential poll.
The party will arrange for a meeting of BJP MLAs with Sangma in each state where it has a sizable presence. As part of his campaign, Sangma will be visiting most of the states to solicit the support of MLAs.
BJP is also working out a strategy to ensure voting in Sangma`s favour especially of various small parties in states which are yet to decide on whom to back in the Presidential poll.
Among the chief ministers who attended the meeting at Advani`s residence are Narendra Modi (Gujarat), DV Sadananda Gowda (Karnataka), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), Manohar Parrikar (Goa), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Prem Kumar Dhumal (Himachal Pradesh). Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi also attended along with leader of BJP Parliamentary Party in Punjab Bhagat Chuni Lal.
"The meeting was to help the candidature of PA Sangma in the Presidential poll and ensure support for him," Bhagat Chuni Lal told reporters after the meeting.