Tribals' candidate Sangma files Prez nomination papers

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New Delhi, Jun 28: PA Sangma filed his nomination papers for Presidential poll today. Sangma claimed tribal leaders cutting across party lines are unitedly behind him and took potshots at Congress for not standing by his candidature for the President's post despite enjoying the support of tribals for decades.

"I only want to express that tribals in India have all along stood by Congress party. We had expected that Congress party would welcome and consider a tribal as its candidate," Sangma said, maintaining that Congress President Sonia Gandhi did not even give him an appointment for which he waited for three days.

"Today is the victory of tribal unity that a tribal is filing his nomination for President of India's post," he said.

Sangma was accompanied by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and BJP veteran LK Advani. He is backed by BJP and some of its NDA allies.

He named several regional parties of the North-East and claimed to have their support.

"I have met other political leaders as well.... I have met Chief Minister of West Bengal. The meeting went of very well, that much I can say," Sangma said.

PTI

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