Sangma is candidate of communal forces: NCP

June 21st, 2012 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Soon after the Bharatiya Janata Party decided to support P.A. Sangma for the presidency, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Thursday described the former Speaker as a candidate of communal forces.

“It is unfortunate that Sangma has become a candidate of the communal forces… the UPA nominee would have a decisive triumph in the presidential poll,” NCP general secretary D.P. Tripathi told IANS.

Observing that the BJP backed Sangma “so there is a contest just for the sake of contest”, Tripathi said the decision showed the “bankruptcy of the saffron party, which had to import its presidential candidate from the UPA”.

The BJP has announced support to Sangma, who already has the backing of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithha and Biju Janata Dal chief Naveen Patnaik.

Sangma, who is a founder member of the NCP, resigned from the party Wednesday after failing to elicit support for his candidature.

The NCP is meeting here Thursday evening to discuss the fallout of the political developments

Sangma’s daughter, Agatha Sangma, who is a junior minister in the United Progressive Alliance government, has also been invited to the party meet.

“She has not said anything about the presidential poll and has not given any resignation. We have invited her for the meeting,” Tripathi told IANS.

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