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'Support for Sangma increasing day by day'

PA Sangma's son Conrad said a few Congress legislators were willing to vote in his favour in the upcoming Presidential election.

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Updated:June 23, 2012, 9:49 PM IST
'Support for Sangma increasing day by day'
PA Sangma's son Conrad said a few Congress legislators were willing to vote in his favour in the upcoming Presidential election.

Shillong: The support for PA Sangma, who is contesting the Presidential election, is increasing day by day, claimed his son and Leader of the Opposition in the Meghalaya Assembly Conrad K Sangma in Shillong on Saturday.

Conrad, an influential leader of the Nationalist Congress Party in Meghalaya, told reporters at an official meeting of the party that "PA Sangma's vote share is increasing and now it is at 30-32 per cent of the total votes".

"We see improvement. It is a proud moment for all of us from Meghalaya," Conrad said.

Of the total vote account in the upcoming Presidential elections, he said, five per cent belongs to Schedule Tribes, 15 per cent for SCs and 40 per cent for the OBCs.

Conrad claimed that even presently, dissident groups within the Congress were pledging their support to Sangma. "A few Congress legislators will be voting for Sangma," Conrad said, further quoting them, "Why not support for a tribal person who is our very own."

Optimistic that his father, an Independent candidate in the upcoming elections, will be backed by the AIADMK and the BJD and supported by the BJP, Conrad said, "You will see the situation changing in the coming days..."

Betraying no sad feelings that his father, one of the former founding member of the NCP, had resigned from the party to be a part of the race, Conrad said, "Mr Sangma had taken a bold step, nevertheless, though it was a great loss for the NCP."

"The party had lost the tallest leader, a mentor and a greatest leader of the party in the North East region even as he resigned at his individual level for a cause... of all tribals in the country, all North East states and its people and all Christians," he said.

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