Kolkata, Jun 26 - Presidential candidate P A Sangma today met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to seek Trinamool Congress' support in the election for the top post, but the party was non-committal, saying that there was "no hurry" to take a decision.
"I have come here to request for support of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. I am very happy about the outcome of the discussion. I am going back with a lot of hope of support of Mamatadi and Trinamool Congress," he told reporters after a 30-minute meeting.
Claiming that Trinamool Congress, a UPA ally, has not taken a final decision on the Presidential poll, Sangma, who is being backed by AIDMK, BJD and BJP, said that the party would inform him about its decision "within a few days." "We had a good discussion. I want to thank the chief minister and other leaders for giving me time," he said.
Sangma, who recently quit NCP, said, "When I had to leave the party in 2004, that time too Mamatadi had helped me. This time also I am expecting she will render all help and support me."
Flanked by Sangma at the state secretariat, Railway Minister and NCP leader Mukul Roy, however, told the media, "The election is far away. After discussion within our party, we will let you know our decision."
Pressed further on the party's stand, he said, "There is time, so there is no hurry to take a decision at this stage. We will take the party into confidence." PTI