New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday reiterated his party’s support for PA Sangma as President, saying the tribal leader was best suited for the highest constitutional post.
Praising Sangma, the BJD chief said, “Sangma was by far the best Presidential candidate. He is a leader for crores and crores of tribal people. A distinguished tribal leader should be the President of the country."
The BJD leader made this statement following his meeting with Sangma this morning at his residence.
Confirming that he was still in the running for the country`s highest office, Sangma said that he had made an appeal to all political parties to endorse his candidature.
"We have sent appeals to all the political parties. Naveen Patnaik was among the first to respond along with Jayalalithaa. We hope that the other political parties will respond to the call of the tribal people, “Sangma was quoted as saying.
Speaking to a news channel, Sngma yesterday had said that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is overqualified for the President’s job.
“Pranab is too much a capable person to be wasted in Rashtrapati Bhavan”, he had said.
“Pranab babu will be suitable for prime minister’s job, his expertise, his experience would be wasted (as President),” the tribal leader from Meghalaya said, adding, “He is of stature…a computer.”
Sangma, who has also served as the chief minister of Meghalaya, also pointed out that tribals have been neglected and its time they get due representation.
Meanwhile, the BJP top brass discussed Sangma`s candidature for the President`s post at a meeting yesterday. However, the party is yet to clear its stand on the issue.
However, Congress has ruled out supporting Sangma’s candidature for the presidency.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Monday said that the consultations were still on over the Congress`s choice for the Presidential candidate.