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Have Jaya, Naveen lost interest?

delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2012 20:14 IST
Shekhar Iyer
Shekhar Iyer

Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa along with her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik, may have taken the first step of projecting former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma as an Opposition candidate for the presidential poll.

But goings-on within the NDA seems to have left both leaders quiet disinterested, and may even force a rethink.

What if Sangma changed his mind, since he had not come out before TV cameras to make the announcement, ask insiders in both ADMK and BJD.

They said hopes of both leaders on the presidential poll becoming a game changer have been dashed by deep division within the NDA, which has also forced the BJP to delay a formal announcement.

Jayalalithaa put off a planned visit to Delhi this week after the Janata Dal(U) and the Shiv Sena began to root for UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee.

In fact, a police team that came to make security arrangements for her has since returned to Chennai. Instead, her office announced her summer trip to the Niligiris for a few weeks from Thursday.

Even Patnaik was said to be in two minds, said BJD sources.

Jayalalithaa had agreed to Patnaik's suggestion to project Sangma, anticipating Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will pick a candidate from among the ST leaders in the party. Sources indicated even if she decided to support, Jayalalithaa might not be present in Delhi if Sangma were to file his nominations.