Presidential poll: BJP endorses P A Sangma as its candidate

Reconciling with division within NDA over Presidential poll, the BJP today announced its support to P A Sangma to pit him against UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee.

The party, which failed to persuade allies like Shiv Sena and JD-U to support Sangma, argued that it was its duty as the main Opposition party not to allow a “walkover” to the Congress which did not “consult” it.

Describing Sangma as “the country’s tall leader” as also North East’s “tallest leader”, she appealed to allies like Shiv Sena and JD-U to give up their opposition to his candidature.

Swaraj and Jaitley regretted that the BJP could not persuade its allies and have a consensus in the NDA over the issue but insisted that it would have no impact on the “mature” coalition.

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