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TDP indicates support for Pranab in Prez poll

June 20, 2012 00:23 IST
The Telugu Desam Party indicated that it may support United Progressive Alliance candidate Pranab Mukherjee in next month's Presidential election.

TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu, whose party has 11 members of Parliament (six Lok Sabha and five Rajya Sabha) and 86 MLAs, said, "Abdul Kalam has opted out of the Presidential race and the NDA appears to be backing former Speaker of Lok Sabha P A Sangma. We can't support the NDA and Pranab Mukherjee is a senior politician."

He, however, said the UPA should have evolved a consensus on Mukherjee's candidature for the President's post. "We will discuss the issue in the party and take a final call."

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had spoken to Naidu over the phone before leaving on his foreign trip and sought TDP's support for the UPA candidate.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik too had spoken to the former Andhra Pradesh CM seeking support for Sangma's candidature.

Sangma himself had met the TDP chief here last week and sought "support and blessings" for his candidature.

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