Ignoring the advice from his party to back out, NCP leader PA Sangma continues to be in the fray for the Presidential election as a tribal candidate.
"I am in the fray as a tribal candidate, not as a NCP candidate," he said.
Sangma pointed out that ADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik had proposed his name as their candidate for the presidential poll.
The assertion came even after NCP general secretary DP Tripathi met Sangma during the day and told him that the party will support the UPA candidate, suggesting that he should opt out of the race.
At the UPA meeting, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked NCP chief Sharad Pawar if Sangma had his blessings. Pawar replied with a firm "no" and stated that he (Sangma) was banking on the support of tribal MPs and MLAs.
Asked about APJ Kalam's candidature, Sangma said he felt that the former President would not enter the fray.
"Kalam has been President once. He will not take such a risk," he said.
NCP sources said Sangma's daughter, Agatha Sangma, had already been reprimanded by party leaders for "openly campaigning" for her father without "proper authorisation".