Addressing a press conference, Gogoi said despite being a leader from Meghalaya, Sangma has not yet received support from any prominent leader from the Northeast which reflected the mood of the region for his candidature. "Be it Congress or non-Congress, no one has lent any support to Sangma. Even his own party is not supporting him. I have never seen anyone himself canvassing for the President's post," he said.
The Assam Chief Minister said he respects Sangma as a leader but failed to understand his strategy to bid for the prestigious position. "May be he is more intelligent...," he said. AIADMK Chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and BJD Chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik have backed Sangma's candidature for President's post while the former Lok Sabha Speaker, himself a tribal, has been rooting for a tribal President.