Sangma best for President: Naveen

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Marching ahead with tribal card for the ensuing Presidential election and gaining support from Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said PA Sangma is the best candidate for President.

Naveen after the hour-long discussion with the NCP leader and former Lok Sabha speaker who called on at Naveen’s Aurangzeb road residence in New Delhi said Sangma was the best candidate as a tribal leader and he would urge Jayalalithaa and others to support him. 

Asked if he has discussed with BJP leaders to garner support for Sangma, Naveen said BJD is a regional party and the issue is not about politics.

Though NCP has denied to support Sangma as Presidential candidate, few state leaders met the tribal leader on Tuesday to assure their support.

The Sangma-Naveen meeting was the first ever since BJD opened its cards to back the NCP leader, though speculation was rife that BJD might support former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi for the top post.