Sangma seeks vote of conscience

During campaign, he held Pranab responsible for all the ills plaguing the country — from 2G scam and lowest GDP to recession

Published: 12th July 2012 09:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2012 09:54 AM   |  A+A-


Presidential candidate P A Sangma on Wednesday tried to distance himself from the BJP saying that candidature for this election was non-political.

At a press conference organised as part of his campaign here, Sangma sought vote of conscience from all concerned to emerge successful in the July 19 poll.

To prove his point about “non-political poll”, Sangma cited that rival candidate Pranab Mukherjee had first resigned from the Congress and then entered the fray.

In his bid to muster votes from the ‘secular camp’, he repeatedly made it clear that he was not an active member of the BJP, but was being supported by the party.

“In 1969, conscience votes helped V V Giri become the President of India. The same can repeat this time and I will win the election,” said Sangma, while flashing victory sign to mediapersons.

When asked whether his daughter would vote for him, he said this question should be asked to her.

During his campaign, Sangma held Pranab responsible for all the ills plaguing the country -- from 2G scam and lowest GDP to failure of economic reforms and recession. In reply to a question, Sangma said he still stood by his stand that a person of foreign origin should not be the Prime Minister of the country. He added that a tribal has not been elected as President of India so far and time has come for it.

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