Sangma seeks Mamata's support; Trinamool non-committal

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PA Sangma-Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Jun 26: BJP's presidential candidate PA Sangma on Tuesday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to seek her support in the election to the top office, but the latter was non-committal, saying that there was 'no hurry' to take a decision.

"I have come here to request for support of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. I am very happy about the outcome of the discussion. I am going back hoping that Mamatadi and Trinamool Congress (TMC) will support me," he told reporters after a 30-minute meeting. Claiming that TMC, a UPA ally, has not taken a final decision on the presidential poll, Sangma, who is being backed by AIADMK, BJD and BJP, said that the party would inform him about its decision within a few days.

"We had a good discussion. I want to thank the chief minister and other leaders for giving me time," he said. Sangma, who recently quit the NCP, said, "When I had to leave the party in 2004 that time too Mamatadi had helped me. This time also I am expecting she will render all help and support me." Flanked by Sangma at the state secretariat, Railway Minister and TMC leader Mukul Roy, said, "The election is far away. After discussion within our party, we will let you know our decision." Pressed further on the party's stand, he said, "There is no hurry to take a decision at this stage. We will take the party into confidence."


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